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  Longmen Grottoes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Along with Mogao and Yungang, the Longmen Grottoes are one of the three most famous ancient sculptural sites in China.
According to the Longmen Caves Research Institute, there are 2345 caves and niches, 2800 inscriptions, 43 pagodas and over 100,000 Buddhist images at the site.
The Longmen area is open to the public, and although the grottoes cannot be entered most of the artwork can be seen from the exterior.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Longmen_Grottoes   (323 words)

 Luoyang - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The court is moved to Xi'an, since it is better suited to repel the coalition set up against him.
In AD 493 the Northern Wei Dynasty moved its capital from Datong to Luoyang and started the construction of the artificial Longmen Caves.
The Longmen Grottoes were listed by the UNESCO among the World Heritage Sites in November 2000.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Luoyang   (499 words)

 Chinese Architecture: Longmen Grottos, Luoyang
The Longmen Grottoes were carved from limestone hills over many centuries, beginning with the reign of the pious Xiaowen emperor (471-499) of the Northern Wei dynasty (386-534) and continuing through the Tang dynasty in 10th century (although some items date from as late as the Qing dynasty).
The Longmen sculptures reflect the styles of earlier Indian and Yungang grotto art, though the figures often are clad in roomier Han-style gowns and reflect a dignified refinement and elegant grace that was to influence much of China’s later Buddhist sculpture.
Longmen served as an important pilgrimage destination for over five hundred years, and during that period it received numerous foreign and domestic visitors and dignitaries.
www.orientalarchitecture.com /luoyang/LONGMEN.htm   (2015 words)

 Longmen Caves China - China tourist & travel guide for Longmen Caves, China
Longmen Caves, as one of China's four major Buddhist Caves, is important materials for study of history and arts in ancient China.
Longmen is not only renowned for the caves, but also endowed with lush mountains and ridges, springs and waterfalls.
In the Cave, there are numerous niches of various arches and decorated with fine carvings of peal and jade necklace, curtain, colorful strings, clouds, lotus flower, geometrical patterns etc. Sculptured upon the Cave ceiling is a large lotus flower surrounded by figures of Apsaras in relief, which are slim, graceful and vivid.
www.orientaltravel.com /province/city/area/Longmen_Caves.htm   (350 words)

 Longmen Grottoes: Luoyang Tourist Attractions
Longmen Grottoes, Yungang Caves and Mogao Caves are regarded as the three most famous treasure houses of stone inscriptions in China.
Wanfo Cave, completed in 680, is a typical chronological cave of the Tang Dynasty of two rooms and square flat roofs.
On the southern wall outside the cave is carved a statue of Kwan-yin of 85 centimetres (about 33 inches) in height, holding a pure bottle in the left hand and deer's tails (as a symbol of brushing off the dust in spirit) in the right hand.
www.travelchinaguide.com /attraction/henan/luoyang/longmen.htm   (711 words)

 Photos of Longmen Caves
Longmen caves were carved into the hard rock cliffs of Xiang Shan "Fragrant Hill" on the east bank and Longmen Shan on the west bank of the Yi River, about 9 miles south of LuoYang city in Henan province.
They span about a kilometer and consist of over 2000 caves and niches (grottoes) with Buddhist images and inscriptions, beginning in A.D. 493 during the Northern Wei dynasty when the capital was moved to LuoYang, and continuing for 600 years, through the Tang and Northern Song dynasties.
Unfortunately, the images in the caves suffered from erosion during their 1500-year history, and many of the finest pieces were stolen during the 1930's.
www.icaen.uiowa.edu /~dbricker/Longmen.html   (148 words)

 Luoyang, Henan, Longmen Caves   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
The hard rock here was conducive to delicate carving, carried out on a monumental scale for some 500 years starting in A.D. They statues range in size of about 17 meters (56 feet) to a fingernail-size 2 cm (less than an inch).
This cave shelters a 17 meter Buddha, seated atop a thousand-petaled lotus and accompanied by lesser but equally brilliant statues of his disciples.
The fierce, heavenly guard trampling a devil underfoot is thought to bring good luck to those who put their arms around his ankle, but alas, an iron fence keeps you away.
www.paulnoll.com /China/Tourism/Luoyang-Longmen-Caves-2.html   (96 words)

 Longmen Caves: Longmen Grottoes
Guyang Cave is the earliest cave in Longmen Grottoes.
There are three tiers of niches on the northern and southern wall of the cave, in which are hundreds of statues, and most of the statues are engraved with the names of the artists, the dates and the reasons for carving them.
After the constructions of Guyang Cave, the royalty of the Northern Wei Dynasty constructed a series of lager scale caves, which are the northern, southern, and middle Binyang Caves.
www.travelchinaguide.com /attraction/henan/luoyang/longmen2.htm   (522 words)

 CHINA REVIEW HENAN   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Spanning a length of over 1,000 m on the hillsides along the Yi River, the Longmen Caves, together with the Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang (Gansu Province) and the Yungang Caves (Shanxi Province), are reputed as the 3 greatest stone sculpture treasure houses in China.
The Longmen Caves were first sculptured and chiseled around 493AD when the capital of the Northern Wei dynasty was moved from Datong to Luoyang.
Exquisitely caved and beautifully shaped with a vivid and delicate appearance, the Longmen Grottoes are known as a bright pearl in the artistic treasure house of the sculptures of the world.
www.chinareview.com /cities/henan   (4775 words)

 Lóngmén Shíku (Dragon Gate Grottoes) | Museum/Attraction Review | Luoyang | Frommers.com
About 30% of the caves are from the Northern Wèi dynasty (386-584); their statues are more elongated, static, and lacking in complexity and detail than the later Táng dynasty sculptures which account for about 60% of the caves, with their fuller figures, gentle features, and characteristic liveliness.
All three were commissioned by the Xuán Wu emperor, who dedicated the middle cave to his father, the Xiào Wén emperor, the southern cave to his mother, and the northern cave to himself.
The centerpiece of the cave is the Amitabha Buddha, whose delicate rounded features are said to be modeled on those of one of the cave's patrons.
www.frommers.com /destinations/luoyang/A32809.html   (1154 words)

 Longman - tips by travel authority Howard Hillman
The Longmen Caves comprise 1300 caves adorned with 100,000 statues.
The Longmen Cave sculpturing continued in earnest for almost four centuries (and then modestly so in the next two centuries).
The Longmen Caves are 14 kilometers (9 miles) south of Luoyang city in Henan province.
www.hillmanwonders.com /china/longmen_caves.htm   (275 words)

 MIHO MUSEUM   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
The Longmen Caves are located 13 kilometers south of Luoyang, the site of the imperial capital during China’s Easten Han, Western Jin, Northen Wei, and Tang dynasties.
Some 2,345 large and small caves were carved into the cliffs at Longmen during a period of approximately 400 years that began during the Northen Wei dynasty.
The two pinnacles of work on the caves occurred during the Northen Wei dynasty and the Tang dynasty when the imperial families and aristocratic households of the day commissioned the creation of large caves filled with image.
www.miho.or.jp /english/inform/longmen/longmen2.htm   (263 words)

 Longmen Caves Pictures and travel information
One day is not really sufficient to see all the caves, although unless you are a real enthusiast or expert you will probably have had enough after seeing a few of the most representative examples.
The Fengxian cave on the southern reach has the biggest Buddha Statue in the whole collection.
The Binyang, Guyang and Lianhua Caves were commissioned by various royal families from the Wei Dynasty through to the Tang Dynasty and are the most luxuriously built.
www.muztagh.com /luoyang/longmen-caves.htm   (350 words)

 A Closer Look - Cave as Canvas: Hidden Images of Worship along the ancient Silk Routes
All Buddhist rock-cut caves can be classified into two major types: simple unadorned monks' quarters and larger halls of worship that are often lavishly decorated with wall paintings and sculptures.
Both types of caves occur there and the decorated cave temples represent the highest achievement of Central Asian art during this period.
The grandeur of Qizil is comparable to other great Buddhist cave sites in China, such as the Dunhuang Caves in the Gansu Province and the Longmen Caves in the Henan Province.
www.asia.si.edu /exhibitions/online/cave/default.htm   (290 words)

 Longmen Grottoes - Famous Chinese Landmarks - Travel to China
According to the Longmen Caves Research Institute, there are 2345 caves and niches, 2800 inscriptions, 40 pagodas and over 100,000 Buddhist images at the site.
30% of the caves date from the Northern Wei, 60% from the Tang DynastyTang, and caves from other periods less than 10%.
Image:Longmen-grottoes-longmen-mountain-from-a-distance.jpgrightthumb400pxMt. Longmen as seen from Manshui Bridge to the southeast.
www.famouschinese.com /virtual/Longmen_Grottoes   (319 words)

 Buddhist Art
The Mogao Caves near Dunhuang in Gansu province, the Longmen Grottoes near Luoyang in Henan, the Yungang Grottoes near Datong in Shanxi, and the Dazu Stone Carvings near Chongqing are among the most important and renowned Buddhist sculptural sites.
The Leshan Giant Buddha, carved out of a hillside in the 8th century during Tang Dynasty and looking down on the confluence of three rivers, is still the largest Buddha statue in the world.
Korean Buddhist art reflects an interaction between Chinese Buddhist influence and a strongly original Korean culture, where influences from China and the art of the steppes (possibly Scythian influences according to some old artifact such as Silla royal crowns in the style of the steppes) intermixed.
www.buddhaindex.com /browse.php?cat=28575   (3531 words)

 Art History 307: Early Chinese Art: From Antiquity to the 10th Century: Period of Disunity
Standing Buddha and attendant bodhisattvas, side wall of Binyang Cave of the Longmen Caves near Luoyang, Henan.
Emperor and retinue as donors, from the front wall of Binyang Cave of the Longmen Caves, Northern Wei pd., first quarter of 6th c., limestone.
Empress and retinue as donors, from the front wall of Binyang Cave of the Longmen Caves, Northern Wei pd. first quarter of 6th c., limestone.
www.wisc.edu /arth/ah307/6dyn.html   (515 words)

 Buddhist caves Stock Image Photos. 37 Buddhist caves images and photography available to buy from over 50 stock photo ...
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 JCICC: Research
The Longmen Caves, inscribed on the World Cultural Heritage List in December 2000, is a Buddhist cave temple complex developed during the 5th-11th centuries C.E. (Current Era)., located south of Luoyang, Henan province.
These caves were carved into the hills on either side of the Yihe River.
Based on the data provided by the Longmen Caves Research Institute, there are over 2,300 niches and caves, more than 100,000 carved sculptures, and more than 2,700 inscriptions on carved niches and caves.
www.tobunken.go.jp /~kokusen/ENGLISH/RESEARCH/CHINA/longmen.html   (383 words)

 Luoyang   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
The Longmen caves was a sort of tourist/religious gathering at which thousands of Buddhas lined the rocky mountain face in small caves.
The Longmen caves are located on the (LARGE FAMOUS RIVER I CAN'T REMEMBER THE NAME OF) river.
It is said that during the making of the Longmen Caves on one side of the river on some grassy hills were drummers with large, large drums, and on the other side, the side that the Buddhas were being carved in to, were hundreds of workers, working to the beat of the drum.
www.idealtriality.com /china/lcaves/lcaves.html   (238 words)

 Dunhuang Art and Society
The Silkroad Foundation, Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan and Dunhuang Research Academy will co-sponsor the 3rd international seminar on the study of Dunhuang art and society to be held primarily at Dunhuang, China, in the summer of 2004 (June 27-July 16, 2004).
In addition to visits to the Buddhist caves at Dunhuang, Longmen and Binglingsi, this interdisciplinary seminar will provide twenty lectures/discussions examining a wide range of issues relating to Chinese art, religion, politics, and society.
June 28-29 visit the Longmen Caves (mornings) and lectures by Amy McNair and Longmen scholars, followed by discussions (afternoons).
www.silk-road.com /dunhuang/dhseminar.html   (485 words)

 "June 30, 1996"
Over a thousand small and large caves carved out of the rocks by buddhist priests and then inlaid with carvings of Buddhas, etc. One had one large Buddha in the center, then thousands of smalle 2-inch high buddhas lining the side walls.
One lady at Longmen sold me a bottle of water from the freezer for 4 RMB through the window of the bus as we were waiting for the rest of our group.
After Longmen Caves, we hit another couple of temples.
www.apricot.com /~hyou/Travel/China_96/6-30.html   (1035 words)

 C. K. Chan Collection - Ancient Chinese Buddhist Sculptures
Highlighting the exhibit are two stone sculptures, a Buddha head, and a Bodhisattva head, that belong to the Longmen Caves of Luoyang where virtually no complete Buddhist image remain today.
The book presents Buddhist stone heads and figures from the Longmen Caves located at overseas museums and private collections along with historical pictures of the Longmen Grottos before and after these artifacts were removed.
Detailed inventory of what was originally at each cave and what has been removed and approximate dates have also been summarized.
www.ckchancollection.net   (405 words)

 Longmen Caves | Photo   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Not only did we visit the Shaolin temple (previous entry) we also just managed to get a bus to Luoyang - over an hour away - and visit the Longmen caves before catching a midnight train to Xi'an.
The Longmen caves are over 100,000 images and statues of the budda carved into the cliffs by the Yi River.
Some are straight onto the cliff face and others are in little grottos.
www.travelblog.org /Photos/215873.html   (123 words)

 Bob's Travels - Luoyang's Longmen Caves - Shaolin Temple (home of Kung Fu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Longmen Caves - The Buddha is 51 feet tall, Bob is 6 feet tall.
There are over 1000 caves carved into the rock at Longmen, all have one or more Buddhas inside.
Photos below are from Shaolin Temple where Kung Fu originated, that's the martial art not the TV show.
bloxster.net /bobtravel/9043/Luoyang'sLongmenCaves-ShaolinT...   (96 words)

 Longmen Caves   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Many of the buddas have been partly destroyed over the years (souvenir hunters apparently) but it is still worth visiting if only for the Ancestor Worshipping Temple which is a large cave carved around AD 672 with a massive seated budda.
We had a peaceful 2 hours stroll along the river and I had my picture taken with one of the policemen - for some reason he wanted a picture with me and who am I to refuse an officer of the law!!
The text and photos of article remain the copyright of the Author (Kate Wall).
www.travelblog.org /Asia/China/Luoyang/blog-40543.html   (282 words)

 Find in a Library: The Buddha in the Dragon Gate : Buddhist sculpture of the 5th-9th centuries from Longmen, China
The Buddha in the Dragon Gate : Buddhist sculpture of the 5th-9th centuries from Longmen, China
Subjects: Sculpture, Buddhist -- China -- Longmen Caves -- Exhibitions.
WorldCat is provided by OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. on behalf of its member libraries.
worldcatlibraries.org /wcpa/ow/a8f9ac4a70cb6f65a19afeb4da09e526.html   (92 words)

 China Shaolin Temple and Longmen Caves Tour   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Four Days Tour of Shaolin Temple and Longmen Caves
Rely on the Yellow River, the middle part expresses the royal style and the religious
For instance the Longmen Caves, the White horse Temple, the Minister Temple and the Shaolin
www.guilinyangshuo.com /chinatravel/package/shaolin.asp   (303 words)

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