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Once I have looked at my oldies from India (can 15 years old pictures be regarded as oldies?), I can show other pictures from Brihadeswara temple in Thanjavur. Isn't it amazing that it was done a thousand years ago?

The period of the imperial Cholas (c. 850 CE - 1250 CE) in South India was an age of continuous improvement and refinement of Dravidian art and architecture. They utilized the wealth earned through their extensive conquests in building long-lasting stone temples and exquisite bronze sculptures, in an almost exclusively Hindu cultural setting. Temple building received great impetus from the conquests and the genius of Rajaraja Chola and his son Rajendra Chola I. A number of smaller shrines were built during the early phase of this period. Notable amongst these is the Tiruvalisvaram temple near Tirunelveli. The temple is covered with exquisite well composed sculptures and friezes some containing comic figures.
The maturity and grandeur to which the Chola architecture had evolved found expression in the two magnificent temples of Thanjavur and Gangaikondacholapuram. The magnificent Siva temple of Thanjavur, completed around 1009 CE is a fitting memorial to the material achievements of the time of Rajaraja. The largest and tallest of all Indian temples, it is a masterpiece constituting the high-water mark of South Indian architecture. (From Wikipedia)

I think I have been also inside. But the interior was very small and dark, as you can guess.
I have visited also Brihadisvara Temple at Gangaikonda Cholapuram (funny names :)).

I think that going out of the temple. is also nice. What should I choose as the main photo?

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