Sakya Monastery, The Great Library
Contributor:François-Olivier Dommergues / Alamy Stock Photo
File size:32.6 MB (1.7 MB Compressed download)
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Dimensions:2758 x 4137 px | 23.4 x 35 cm | 9.2 x 13.8 inches | 300dpi
Date taken:12 August 2010
The Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) or Xizang Autonomous Region, called Tibet or Xizang, is a province-level autonomous region of the People's Republic of China (PRC). It was created in 1965 on the basis of Tibet's incorporation by the PRC in 1951. Tibet is the second-largest province-level division of China by area, spanning over 1,200,000 square kilometres, after Xinjiang, and mostly due to its harsh and rugged terrain, is the least densely populated province of the PRC. A huge library containing as many as 84,000 scrolls was found sealed up in a wall 60 metres long and 10 metres high at Sakya Monastery in 2003. It is expected that most of them will prove to be Buddhist scriptures although they may well also include works of literature, and on history, philosophy, astronomy, mathematics and art. They are thought to have remained untouched for hundreds of years. I managed to escape from the caretaker's attention to get a shot, despite the fact that there was little light inside the library.