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Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 05.44 GMT
The breathtaking secret world of cave temples


The Herald Sun has named Sri Lanka’s Dambulla Cave Temple, among incredible cave temples around the world.

Deep underground, hidden in various locations around the world, lies a series of incredible cave temples, The Herald Sun says.

“It’s not surprising to learn that this cave is known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla, and is also a World Heritage Site,” it added.

This temple complex dates back to the 1st century BC. It has five caves under a vast overhanging rock, carved with a drip line to keep the interiors dry. In 1938 the architecture was embellished with arched colonnades and gabled entrances. Inside the caves, the ceilings are painted with intricate patterns of religious images following the contours of the rock. There are images of the Lord Buddha and bodhisattvas, as well as various gods and goddesses.

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