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Medieval Sculpture

Below is an illustrated index of the 7 Medieval Sculpture profiled on Sacred Destinations so far. For photo credits, please see corresponding articles.



  • Akdamar Church
    Eastern Anatolia, Turkey
    The Church of the Holy Cross on Akdamar Island is a ruined Armenian cathedral dating from 921 AD. Beautifully situated on Lake Van, the church is famed for its fascinating medieval sculptures.
  • Banteay Srei
    Angkor, Cambodia
    Although it's out of the way, true temple buffs won't want to miss Banteay Srei, a beautiful 10th-century Hindu temple complex with intricate carvings in deep red sandstone.
  • Angkor Thom
    Angkor, Cambodia
    Angkor Thom means "the great city" in Khmer. The 12th-century Buddhist royal city is famed for its grand Bayon Temple, but has several other sights of interest as well.
  • Bayon Temple
    Angkor, Cambodia
    In the exact center of Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple represents the intersection of heaven and earth. Built around 1190, the Buddhist temple is famed for its enigmatic faces.
  • Hildesheim Cathedral
    Hildesheim, Germany
    Founded in 1010, the cathedral of Hildesheim contains many treasures of early medieval art, including bronze doors carved with biblical scenes and a bronze column showing the life of Christ.
  • Michaelskirche
    Hildesheim, Germany
    Built in the 11th century and faithfully rebuilt after World War II, this is the finest example of Ottonian Romanesque architecture anywhere. Its painted wooden ceiling dates from 1230.
  • Maria Laach Abbey
    Maria Laach, Germany
    Picturesquely located on the wooded shores of a crater lake, this Benedictine abbey church is a beautiful and important example of German Romanesque architecture.