Posts Tagged ‘Heritage’

  • Mesa Verde Ruins – The Cultural Green Table
    Mesa Verde Ruins – The Cultural Green Table
    Mesa Verde stands proudly with its inherited association to more than 20 American Indian tribes, splendorous display of primordial stone- age existence, enchanting mountainous views, harrowing valleys, several towers and salubrious climate. Its rich, absorbing cultural influx is evident as one visits the Mesa Verde National Park.` Mesa Verde National Park The  Mesa Verde National Park, a drive away from Colorado, is over a century old national park which bears premier, prominent mention in the UNESCO World Heritage listing. The observation points and peaks in this national park touch amazing, dizzy heights of about 8,500ft. The key areas of prime interest revolve around the two ruins of Balcony House and the Cliff Palace. As one treks the mountain terrains to reach Balcony House, which is renowned for its cliff dwellings, exceptional  [...]
    Posted at June 17th, 2009 at 11:06 am
  • Giant Buddha of Leshan
    Giant Buddha of Leshan
    The Giant Buddha of Leshan which is locally called Dafo is the tallest stone carved statue of Lord Buddha in the world. The statue is carved out of a cliff and faces Mount Emei (Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains of China) with the river flowing below the feed of Lord Buddha. The site lies at the confluence of the Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi rivers in the Sichuan province of China.  Giant Buddha of Leshan is 233 feet in height and 28 feet in width making it the biggest colossus in the world. The statue was carved in the reign of the Tang Dynasty. The construction started in 713 AD due to the effort of a Chinese Buddhist monk Hai Tong. He believed that the river gods could be pleased by building a statue of Lord Buddha on the cliff. The monk begged for 20 years to collect money for the construction of the giant statue. When the local administration  [...]
    Posted at May 29th, 2009 at 02:05 am
  • Palenque
    Hidden in the dense forest in a spectacular mountain setting are the Mayan ruins of Palenque. It lies near the Usumacinta River in Mexico. The sire is 150 meters above sea level and is located at a distance of 130 kilometers south of Ciudad del Carem. The ruins of Palenque are famous for its complicate sculptures and have archeologists uncover many facts about the Mayan civilization. The city became a settlement as early as 300 BC but it became a commercial and religious centre in the 6th century. Due to its location the city enjoyed abundance of water from the surrounding mountain streams and waterfalls. There was an elaborate system of aqueduct to channel the water in the city. Most of the city was engulfed by the forest when the excavation first started. As of now my 30% of the city has been cleared of the forest. The total area  [...]
    Posted at May 22nd, 2009 at 10:05 am
  • Uxmal…. City That Was Built Three Times
    Uxmal…. City That Was Built Three Times
    Uxmal is a large pre-Columbian city of Maya Civilization in Yucatan, Mexico. It is located at a distance of 78 kilometers from Merida. Archeologists have come out with a census that the city was first inhabited as early as 800 BC. The city was abandoned in 1450 AD after the Toltec’s rose to power and established their capital in Chichen Itza. The city at its peak was inhabited by over 30,000 people and most of the buildings in the site were constructed between 700 AD and 1100 AD. The main ruins of Uxmal are spread over an area of 150 acres and the residential district spread beyond the main ruins. Unlike other cities in the region which were build in proximity of cenotes, Uxmal is rather unusual. There are many man-made reservoirs and were probably used for storing rain water, one of such cisterns is located just near the entrance  [...]
    Posted at May 21st, 2009 at 12:05 am
  • Angkor Wat …The Largest Religious Monument In The World
    Angkor Wat …The Largest Religious Monument In The World
    Angkor Wat is part of the two great religious cities in Southeast Asia, one at Bagan in Burma and the other at Angkor in Cambodia. The temples of Angkor were built between 802 and 1220 AD by the Khmer Kings. Suryavarman II the Khmer King has been the key behind the constructions on the temples. In it peak time Angkor Kings ruled over a vast territory extending from Vietnam to China to the Bay of Bengal. The Temple structure at Angkor consists of more than 100 stone temples were part of a large metropolis where the other buildings like castles, residential and commercial area was constructed of wood which could not stand the test of time. The temple site is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is a symbolic representation of Hindu cosmology. The main temple symbolizes Mt. Meru and its five inter-nested rectangular walls and moats represent  [...]
    Posted at May 20th, 2009 at 05:05 am
  • Calakmul…. The City Of The Two Adjacent Pyramids
    Calakmul…. The City Of The Two Adjacent Pyramids
    Calakmul is probably the largest Mayan city ever uncovered till now and is located in the Mexican state of Campeche. At its might the city was a Mayan superpower in the region of Peten and Yucatan. Archeologists have discovered 6,750 ancient structures in Calakum and are spread over an area of 70 square kilometers. The city at its peak equaled the power of Tikal and a lot is being known about the Mayan culture and its power from the deciphered Stelae and Murals that have been found in the city. The city grew from a small settlement around 500 AD. Most the great constructions happened between 550 AD and 700 AD. The end of the city was abrupt and is said to be in 810 AD. The city also is home to the largest Mayan pyramid. The Great Pyramid is 55 meters high with an area of two square kilometers and has four tombs inside it.  The Great  [...]
    Posted at May 19th, 2009 at 12:05 am