Friday, July 26, 2013

Picture Day Friday: Meenakshi Temple of Madurai India

How gorgeous is that?! Such finely detailed carvings painted over so painstakingly.

The current version of the Meenakshi Temple was built in 1655, but its long history is mentioned since antiquity in the literature of the 2,500-year-old city of Madurai in southern India. There are nearly 33,000 sculptures on the temple fa├žade, in addition to the 14 gateway towers of the temple complex. The central temple, for example, is a Russian doll-like structure with three temples within temples.

Click on the image below to see the picture in its full glory.