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Great Living Chola Temples



The Great Living Chola Temples of southern India represents the outstanding creativity of architectural conception of the Dravidian temples. It was built by kings of the Chola Empire. The site includes three great temples of the 11th and 12th century: the Brihadisvara Temple at Thanjavur, the Brihadisvara Temple at Gangaikondacholisvaram and the Airavatesvara Temple at Darasuram.
The Brihadisvara Temple was added to the World Heritage Site list in 1987. Later in 2004, the Temple of Gangaikondacholisvaram and the Airavatesvara Temple were also added to the site. All the three Clola temples are an exceptional testimony to the development of Tamil civilisation.
 
 
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