The Thanjavur Temple from the state of Tamil Nadu, India.
It was built on 1010 and marked its 1000th year anniversary recently.
(photo credit sriram)
Located in India's southern state of Tamil Nadu, Tanjore sits on the Cavery River delta and was a capital of the Cholan Empire that reached its height between the 10th and 13th centuries. Tanjore's proximity to the Kaveri River, extensive irrigation system, and rich soil make it an important agricultural region and producer of rice, coconut, mango, and plantains. The Cholans were patrons of a magnificent revival of Indian art, sculptures, bronze casting and architecture. Under their successors a renowned style of Tanjore painting developed, which incorporated rich colors, decorative stones, and gold leaf into displays of Hindu spiritual and mythological themes.
In 1010 CE, a magnificent monument to King Rajaraja of the Cholan Empire and his personal god Shiva was completed in Tanjore. The Rajarajeshvara or Brihadishvara temple was the tallest building in India at the time with a massive ceremonial space, moat, and a central shrine reaching a height of 216 feet. Tributes sent from throughout Rajaraja's empire supported the vast retinue of dancers, servants, singers, carpenters, goldsmiths, and others who made up the temple's staff. Temple inscriptions document both transactions related to Brihadishvara, and also Rajaraja's conquests, and provide extensive information about the medieval Cholan Empire. (text from PBS: The Story of India)
Some bronze sculpture from the temple
The temple has extensive inscriptions, literally in the thousands detailing the day to day life in the Chola Empire. Being extremely detail oriented administrators, the Cholas had every house in their major cities indexed by road name, house number, and the people who live there.
QUOTE (Marrykate @ Dec 15 2010, 02:36 AM)
I think this pic is pretty cool. A girl from India.
^^ its cool indeed!