Buddhist
Architecture
in the Western
Himalayas
General view of the Chörten. Luczanits 2009
Northern view of the Chörten. Luczanits 2009
Western view of the Chörten. Luczanits 2009
Eastern view of the Chörten. Luczanits 2009
Ambulatory of the Chörten. Luczanits 2009
Ambulatory of the Chörten. Ley 2009
Ambulatory of the Chörten. Ley 2009
Ambulatory of the Chörten. Ley 2009
Ambulatory of the Chörten. Ley 2009
Structure seen from above. Ley 2009
Structure seen from above. Ley 2009

The Changspa Chörten

Coordinates of the site: 34°10'16.28" northern latitude and 77°34'46.48" eastern longitude, at an altitude of 3530 meters.

Leh is the capital of Ladakh in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The town lies about six kilometres in the North of the Indus River in an infertile valley at the foot of a mountain. The Leh Palace, the former castle of the royal family of Ladakh, dominates the old part of the town. Changspa is a district of Leh, which lies in northwest of the town centre and can be reached by foot in 15 minutes. The Changspa Chörten is a special monument because of its age and its prominent appearance, which resembles a pyramid. Its construction dates back to the 9th century. The huge chörten differs from other buildings of the same type through its structural composition. The ground plan shows a mandala-shaped structure with seven storeys diminishing upwards. Today the various rectangular chambers of the chörten are empty but it is presumable that they were filled with small figures in earlier times. Next to the chörten there are several stone slabs with reliefs showing the figures of Maitreya and Avalokiteshvara.

2D Plans

Ground floor of the Chörten

First floor of the Chörten

Second floor of the Chörten

Third floor of the Chörten

Fifth floor of the Chörten

Sixth floor of the Chörten

Seventh floor of the Chörten

Section of the Chörten

Elevation of the Chörten

3D Model

Spatial model of the Chörten

Spatial model of the Chörten

Spatial model of the Chörten

Panoramas

Panorama view from the south. Luczanits 2009

Panorama view from the south-west. Luczanits 2009

Panorama view from the west. Luczanits 2009

Stone Carvings

Stone slap on the south-western side of the Chörten. Luczanits 2009

Stone slap on the south-western side of the Chörten. Luczanits 2009

Details of the stone carving. Luczanits 2009

Details of the stone carving. Luczanits 2009

Details of the stone carving. Luczanits 2009

Stone slab on the south-western side of the Chörten. Luczanits 2009


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