Saturday, November 5, 2011

The Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves

The Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves are a complex of 77 grottos dating from the 5th to the 9th centuries in a remote area of the Taklamakan Desert of Western China.
Each cave is decorated with murals of hundreds and hundreds of Buddhas covering the walls and ceilings. Some paintings are naive, others artistically stunning. 
(No photography is allowed inside the caves, so this is a picture I pulled from  Wikipedia)
Sadly, the vast majority of the murals were damaged beyond repair, first by local Muslims who gouged out all of the eyes, later by European explorers, who removed many of the frescoes and sent them to museums in Germany. These large pieces were destroyed by the bombings in Berlin in WW2 . . . so they are lost to the world.


I have no idea what these signs are trying to tell us!


  1. Betcey, So glad you had a wonderful trip, you make me want to go there. The signs say 'wear a hard hat', 'watch out and be safe'. :) Monica

  2. Thanks for the translations, Monica!
    I figured that was the gist of it, but it was the stick figure that looked like he was wearing a diaper and a leash that amused me!