• Amarbayasgalant monastery

Amarbayasgalant is a second against Buddhist monastery in Mongolia which is the most intact architectural complex. It was originally built between 1727-1737 by the Manchu emperor, and dedicated to the great Mongolian Buddhist and sculptor Zanabazar, whose mummified body was moved here in 1779. It was continued during 160 years by 4 steps. There is no nail at all. The Monastery is in the Chinese style, down to the inscription, symmetrical layout and imperial color scheme. The communists found a way out here in the late 1930s, but only destroyed 10 out of the 37 temples and statues, possibly because of sympathetic and procrastinating local military commanders. The Monastery was extensively restored between 1975 and 1990 with the help of Unesco. These days there is about 50 monks live in the monastery, compared to over 2000 in 1936.