Great Rivers Civilizations丨Grotto Temple in Gongyi, Henan

Source: | 2023-09-16 10:01

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The Grotto Temple is located at the foot of the Dali Mountain in Siwan Village, Heluo Town, Gongyi City. It was listed among the second batch of national key cultural relics protection units in 1982. Construction began during the reign of Emperor Xiaowen of Northern Wei (471-499) and the caves had already taken shape during the Jingming reign of Emperor Xuanwu (500-503). Buddha image carving lasted more than 400 years, spanning the Eastern Wei,Western Wei, Northern Qi, Sui,Tang, and Song dynasties, and resulted in a majestic and spectacular group of grottoes. They provide important physical materials for the study of the history of Chinese cave carving and commands high scientific, historical,and artistic research value. (Video: Zhao Hanqing & Yang Jiaxin)