The Most Significant Architectural Achievement You’ve Never Heard Of
Michelangelo defined sculpture as the art of “taking away” (vs. “adding on” like working with clay or paint).
Can you imagine if the Sistine Chapel or Notre Dame were sculpted out of a single giant peace of stone, similar to Michelangelo’s David, but WAY bigger?
…by ONLY taking away, literally chiseling out every last interior and exterior detail?
…then covering each square inch, from floor to ceiling, in brightly hand painted frescas that would rival those of the Renaissance Period?
The Ajanta and Ellora Caves in India (considered ancient megalith temples) are literally that, and therefor could easily be considered the most significant architectural achievement ever discovered, specifically cave number sixteen “The Kailasa Temple.”
…sculpted into solid stone cliffsides (over twelve hundred years ago) to a level of artistry and perfection that seem impossible to even fathom being accomplished during any time period including today.
In terms of logistics and engineering, no-one really knows how these extremely complex buildings were physically accomplished.
Unproven theories from “large skilled labor forces with simple hand tools” all the way to “a lost plasma cutting technology” have been thrown around (among others).
Rather than speculate on how, I’d prefer to simply introduce you the caves’ existence so you too can appreciate their incredible craftsmanship. Enjoy!