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China to restore eaves to ancient Buddhist grottoes

Archaeologists and engineers at the 15,000-year-old Yungang Grottoes are working to restore protective eaves to slow down weathering of the world heritage site.

The restoration is to take two years and cost roughly around 50 million yuan (USD 7.69 million), said Zhang Zhuo, head of Yungang Grottoes Research Institute.

He said the grottoes are facing serious threat of erosion as most of the original protective eaves have been damaged over time.

Engineers will first work on six most-damaged grotto caves, where some of the grotto columns are likely to collapse, he said.

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Story: ZeeNews | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

One thought on “China to restore eaves to ancient Buddhist grottoes

  1. 15,000 years old? Are they talking about the geological formation? Because it sounds like they mean the statuary, which is…unlikely.

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