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my son sanctuary
My Son, located in Quang Nam province, 69km south-west of Danang, was an imperial city during the Champa dynasty, between the 4th and the 12th centuries. The sanctuary is a large complex of religious relics comprised of more than 70 architectural works.
 
My Son Sanctuary In Quang Nam
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They include temples and towers connected to one other through complicated red brick designs. The main component of the design is the tower, built to reflect the divinity of the king. The Cham architecture in My Son is one of the main attractions in Quang Nam province.

According to records on the stone stele, the prime foundation of the ancient My Son architectural complex was a wooden temple to worship the Siva Bhadresvera genie.

In the late 16th century, a big fire destroyed the temple. Step by step, historical mysteries were unveiled by scientists. Through stone stele and royal dynasties, they proved My Son to be the most important Holy Land of Cham people from the late 4th to the 15th centuries. For many centuries the Cham built Lip, a mutually linked architectural complex, with baked bricks and sandstone. The main temple worship the Linga-Yoni, who represents the capability of invention. Beside the main tower (Kalan) are several sub -towers worshipping Genies or deceased kings. Although time and the wars have destroyed some towers, the remaining sculptural and architectural remnants still reflect the style and history of the art of the Cham people.

All of the Cham towers were built on a quadrate foundations and each comprises three parts: a solid tower base, representing the world of human beings, the mysterious and sacred tower body, representing the world of spirits, and the tower top built in the shape of a man offering flowers and fruits or of trees, birds, animals, etc., representing things that are close to the spirits and human beings.

After the My Son ancient tower complex was discovered, many of its artifacts, especially statues of female dancers and genies worshipped by the Cham people, worship animals and artifacts of the daily communal activities, were collected and displayed at the Cham Architecture Museum in Danang city.
 

 
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