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Japan: A Buddha in the hills offers 'stony vision'

Aug 23, 2017, 4:06 AM EDT

For sightseers eager on exploring picturesque landscapes, “The Hill of the Buddha,” in the northern Japanese city of Sapporo, is an architectural marvel by Tadao Ando.

The self-taught, Pritzker prize-winning Japanese architect has sculpted a 13½-metre statue of Lord Buddha in a way that it towers over verdant, lavender-covered surroundings, creating a “startling stony vision,” notes The Guardian.

Crafted from fine solid stone mounted on a gently sloping hill over 180 hectares, the statue offers visitors “a more serene appreciation of the Buddha,” writes Vitra