DAMBULLA ROCK TEMPLE - SRI LANKA
Dambulu-gala (the rock of dambulla) is a vast isolated rock outcrop which towers about 600ft, above the plain. It stands bare and black exposed to the scorching sun, very little of it sheltered by wood-land. In this rock is a complex of caves, which house the historic rock temple. This temple is one of the oldest Buddhist shrines in Sri Lanka ( 3rd century B.C. ) This temple is composed of five caves, which have been converted into shrine rooms. Within these rooms is housed a collection over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock spanning 14 metres. These statues and paintings are representative of many epochs of Sinhala sculpture and art.