City of Stone, Petra, Jordan is one of the most famous tourist destinations and pilgrimage in the world. The incredible beauty, given by the impressive architecture, carved in a mountain stone has replicas in many other parts of the world, as other monuments and places carved in stone.
Ellora Temples in India
Ellora is a small town in India famous for its spectacular temples, cave, which is believed to be the largest structures carved into the rock world. These majestic temples are made traditions of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain.
Some of these temples, dating back centuries V and X, entered the UNESCO World Heritage in 1983.
Ajanta Caves in India
Also in India can be seen other impressive sculptures in stone: Ajanta caves. Located in Maharashtra, the caves are home to about 30 statues of Buddha and incredible wealth of cave paintings, exquisite symbols of Indian art, dating from the second century BC
Caves Longmen (Dragon Gate) in China
Xiangshan and Longmenshan Mountains of China are dotted with caves carved stone shelter tens of thousands of statues of Buddha and his disciples. Besides the impressive dimensions of caves and sculptures themselves, these caves attract large numbers of tourists every year due to age and statues and reliefs found here, the first dating from the year 400 AD
Abu Simbel temples in Egypt
Temples carved into the rock at Abu Simbel is one of Egypt's most popular tourist destinations. It dates from the thirteenth century BC, the time of Pharaoh Ramses the Great, who ordered their construction to commemorate the Battle of Kadesh. Temples abound today in statues that depict the pharaoh Ramses II and his wife Nefertari.
It must be said that in 1986, the entire structure carved in stone were in danger of dying because of the great outpouring Aswan dam. Thus, archaeological monument was moved to an artificial hill.