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Urn and Monk

Urn and Monk
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Copyright: Chris Jules (chrisJ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Pentax Me Super, Pentax 28mm f:2,8, Fuji 100, Polarizer ř28mm
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-03-12 16:37
Viewed: 3514
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A section of the Erdene Zuu Buddhist Monastery in the middle of nowhere.

From Wikipedia:

"The Erdene Zuu Monastery (Mongolian: Эрдэнэ Зуу) is probably the most ancient Buddhist monastery in Mongolia. It is in Övörkhangai Province, near the town of Kharkhorin and adjacent to the ancient city of Karakorum. It is part of the World Heritage Site entitled Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape.

The monastery was built in 1585 by Abtai Sain Khan,[1] upon the (second) introduction of Tibetan Buddhism into Mongolia. Stones from the ruins of Karakorum were used in construction.[2] It is surrounded by a wall featuring 102 stupas[3]. The number 108, being a sacred number in Buddhism,[4] and the number of beads in a Buddhist rosary, was probably envisioned, but never achieved[5]. The monastery was damaged by warfare in the 1680s, but was rebuilt in the 18th century and by 1872 had a full 62 temples inside.

In 1939 the Communist leader Khorloogiin Choibalsan had the monastery ruined, as part of a purge[6] that obliterated hundreds of monasteries in Mongolia and killed over ten thousand monks.[7][8] Three small temples and the external wall with the stupas remained; the temples became museums in 1947. They say that this part of the monastery was spared destruction on account of Joseph Stalin's pressure. One researcher claims that Stalin's pressure was connected to the short visit of US vice president Henry A. Wallace's delegation to Mongolia in 1944.[9]

Erdene Zuu was allowed to exist as a museum only; the only functioning monastery in Mongolia was Gandantegchinlen Khiid Monastery in the capital, Ulaanbaatar. However, after the fall of Communism in Mongolia in 1990, the monastery was turned over to the lamas and Erdene Zuu again became a place of worship. Today, Erdene Zuu remains an active Buddhist monastery as well as a museum that is open to tourists."


This is the Laviran Temple.

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Hello Chris,

Wonderful colors, excellent light and POV!
Congratulations and TFS

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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2010-03-12 16:51]

Hi Chris,

A fascinating place, one that I'm sure I'll never see in person. A nicely balanced composition that is sharp and has such wonderful colors. Have a great weekend buddy!


Olá Chris!

Bela fotografia de um cenário bem interessante.
Bonito enquadramento, cores, luz e nitidez.
Meus parabéns pelo bonito trabalho!

Hi Chris,
Beautiful architecture and details of this Erdene Zuu Buddhist Monastery,
Excellent POV.and DOF. well presented and composed with great colors and sharpness,
well done.

What a great palce1
This Erdene Zuu Monastery is a very interesting architectural realization!
I like the colors.

Hi Chris,
A fine impression of this monastry, despite the dull sky a fine picture. Like the symmetry here. Good colours, a bit more sharpness might improve the picture. Anyway a nice posting again Chris.

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2010-03-13 2:10]

Hi Chris,
An interesting POV to capture this colorful architecture with the monk in red enhancing the composition.
Good lighting and accurate sharpness with a good balanced perspective.
The urn in the FG is somewhat the focal point and fits in the title.
Well done,

Francis Xavier

Ciao Chris

Fantastic view of architecture!
a beautiful Monastery and great details!
I love the front of it, to the roof.
Composition and presentation are superb.
Very well done,

Nice weekend,


Ciao Chris, great view of fantastic architecture, lovely composition with monk, splendid lightand colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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