Photo Friday: My Son Ruins (Vietnam)

Asia, International Travel, Photography

The temples at My Son were constructed between the 4th and the 14th century AD by the kings of Champa. The temples were dedicated to the worship of the god Shiva. My Son is perhaps the longest inhabited archaeological site in Indochina, but a large majority of its architecture was destroyed by US carpet bombing during a single week of the Vietnam War. The bombing only stopped after a French archeologist wrote President Nixon.

Art historians have classified the architectural and artistic legacy of Champa into seven artistic styles or phases of development and six of the styles are represented at My Son, with two believed to have originated from there. Most of the temples at My Son were made of red brick, with only one made of stone, and the decorative carvings on the Cham temples were cut directly onto the bricks themselves.

Photos taken March 2014.

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