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MANZUSHIR MONASTERY

TRAVEL TO MANZUSHIR MONASTERY

Location:  40 km south of Ulaanbaatar in the Tuv province.
Features: The monastery enjoys a beautifully stunning setting surrounded by a forest of Siberian larch with a backdrop of natural granite cliffs eroded into tors of huge rounded boulders. Many thousands have fallen from the cliffs to make a grassy spreading out to the forest. The monastery had over 20 temples and was once home to at least 300 monks, but was destroyed in the 1930s. A reconstruction project is underway. The main temple has been restored and converted into a museum, but the other buildings in the area remain in ruins. The ruins of the original monastery, dating from 1733, are clearly visible. A good image, carved in the granite rock at the monastery, is a unique historical and cultural exposition. There is a big boiling kettle with a diameter of 2.15 meters, a depth of 1.4 meters and capacity of one ton that is known to have been used here to cook food for 1000 people at one time.

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