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Fengxian Temple, the largest grotto in the Longmen Grottoes

The Longmen Grottoes or Longmen Caves are some of the finest examples of Chinese Buddhist art. Housing tens of thousands of statues of Shakyamuni Buddha and his disciples, they are located  in Henan province, China. The images, many once painted, were carved as outside rock reliefs and inside artificial caves excavated from the limestone cliffs.  The grottoes and niches of Longmen contain the largest and most impressive collection of Chinese art of the late Northern Wei and Tang Dynasties (316-907). These works, entirely devoted to the Buddhist religion, represent the high point of Chinese stone carving. In 2000 the site was inscribed upon the UNESCO World Heritage List as “an outstanding manifestation of human artistic creativity,”


Stamp featuring the Fengxian Temple (Tang Dynasty) is the largest grotto in the Longmen Grottoes.  There are nine major statues of various facial appearances built accordance to the Buddhist rite.

Series: Longmen Grottoes
Theme: Temple
Issued Country China
Issued Year 05.09.1993
Category Buddhist Image World Heritage
Type Maximum Card
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