10 Most Wonderful Temples Of The World
Tigerís Nest Monastery
Perched precariously on the edge of a 3,000 feet high cliff in Paro Valley, is one of the holiest places in Bhutan.
Wat Rong Khun
In Chiang Mai, Thailand, is unlike any Buddhist temples in the world.
Itís a Hindu temple in Central Java, Indonesia. The temple was built in 850 CE, and is composed of 8 main shrines and 250 surrounding smaller ones.
Shwedagon Paya ( Pagoda )
No one knows exactly when this temple in Myanmar was built. Legend has it that it is 2,500 years old though archaeologists estimate that it was built between the 6th and 10th century.
Temple of Heaven
It is a Taoist temple in Beijing, the capital of China. The temple was constructed in 14th century by Emperor Yongle of the Ming Dynasty.
It was built in 1234 CE to honor of the founder of Jodo (Pure Land) Buddhism, a priest named Honen, who fasted to death in the very spot.
In the 19th century, Dutch occupiers of Indonesia found a massive ancient ruin deep in the jungles of Java. What they discovered was the complex of Borobudur, a gigantic structure built with nearly 2 million cubic feet of stones. The temple has nearly 2,700 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues.
The Harmandir Sahib ( meaning The Abode of God ) or simply the Golden Temple in Punjab, India, is the most sacred shrine of Sikhism.
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
The Temple of Srirangam ( Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple ) in the Indian city of Tiruchirapalli ( or Trichy ) is the largest functioning Hindu temple in the world. (Ankor Wat is the largest of all temple, but it is currently non-functioning as a temple - see below).
It is the largest temple in history and the inspiration to countless novels and action movies of Hollywood.