Leshan Giant Buddha

The Leshan Giant Buddha is a 71-meter (233 ft) tall stone statue, built between 713 and 803. It was the dream project of Haitong, a Chinese monk, who believed a Buddha would calm the waterways below.

The Buddha has 28 meter (91ft) wide shoulders and has originally been built within a large permanent scaffolding to protect it from the environment. The scaffolding was later destroyed by Mongols. Nevertheless, the Buddha was built well enough to resist the weather. It has a complex drainage system running along arms, legs, clothes and head. Only in the last few decades was it necessary to start maintenance work.

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