Catherine PAGANI

The Dunhuang Caves include three sites of Buddhist cave shrines located near the desert oasis city of Dunhuang. Decorated with spectacular wall paintings and sculpture, and once the repositories for a treasure trove of Buddhist texts (such as the Diamond Sutra, now in the British Museum), the caves were added to the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites in 1987.

The Dunhuang Caves are three sites of Buddhist cave shrines located near the city of Dunhuang, a desert oasis lying on the ancient Silk Roads: the Western Qianfodong 西千佛洞 (Western Caves of the Thousand Buddhas), located approximately 3.2 kilometers west of Dunhuang; the Yulin Caves 榆林窟, located approximately 168 kilometers east of Dunhuang; and the Mogao Caves 莫高窟, the most important site, located approximately 40 kilometers southeast of Dunhuang.

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By |2014-12-16T17:05:45-05:00January 23rd, 2012|Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, Site, Values and Worldview|Comments Off on Dunhuang Caves (Dūnhuáng Shíkū 敦煌石窟)|Dūnhuáng Shíkū 敦煌石窟 (Dunhuang Caves)

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