Sacred Caves of the Silk Road

A recent issue of National Geographic visits the Mogao caves of Dunhuang, China. Located along the Silk Road, the Mogao caves are a series of man-made caves carved into the cliffs between the 6th and 14th centuries.

Used as religious shrines for monks, travelers, and pilgrims, the caves feature elaborate paintings and sculptures and reflect the cross-cultural styles that the Silk Road brought to the area.

The online companion to the article features the same text as the magazine, many photos, and an interactive graphic of the cave site.