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Ten Famous Murals of the World

1. Dunhuang murals
The Dunhuang frescoes are the most heavily frescoed cave complex in the world. The frescoes are rich in content, with colourful images and superb painting. It is easy to see that the frescoes depict gods and people, expressing people's aspirations for a better life. Dunhuang is also one of the four famous grottoes in China and is a World Intangible Cultural Heritage Site.

2. Laas Gaal Caves
The Laas Gaal caves are located in Somalia and the paintings, which probably date from between 5,000 and 11,000 years ago, are some of the best-preserved murals found in Africa. The paintings are well preserved with their clear outlines and vivid colours. They also reflect the wisdom of ancient man and the local authorities have restricted the number of visitors to this site in order to protect it.

3. Yongle Palace Frescoes
The Yongle Palace frescoes are the wonders of ancient Chinese frescoes. Located in Richeng, Shanxi Province, the Yongle Palace (also known as the Great Chunyang Wanshou Palace) has a high artistic value that is first and foremost in the exquisite large-scale frescoes, which are not only important masterpieces in the history of painting in China, but also rare masterpieces in the history of painting in the world. The Yongle Palace frescoes are the pinnacle of ancient painting art in China.

4. Pinturas River Hand Cave
The Pinturas River Hand Cave is very old and was discovered in a cave near the Pinturas River. Most of these handprints are left-handed, and they are black, ochre, violet and yellow, with many ancient designs on the sides of the handprints. The paint used to paint them is made of stone mixed with camel fat, so they are well preserved.
5. Altamira Cave
The frescoes in the Altamira Caves are the best preserved ancient cave paintings in the world. This work of art was discovered by Marcelino Sanz Sottola at the end of the 19th century and is said to be between 14,000 and 18,500 years old.

6. Ubir, Kakadu National Park
Located on the rocks of Kakadu National Park, Ubir is home to some 5,000 paintings, the oldest of which are said to be 20,000 years old. This unique indigenous artwork includes not only sketches of animals, but also animal bones.

7. Lascaux Cave
The Lascaux Caves, located in the Vézel Valley in France, were discovered by four teenagers in September 1940 on the slopes of Lascaux in the Dordogne. The cave's frescoes, which date from the Palaeolithic period, are between 15,000 and 17,000 years old and are as beautiful as the "prehistoric Louvre".

8. Tadrarat Akakus Caves
The unique paintings in this collection, dating from 12,000 BC to 100 AD, show what the Sahara desert once looked like, with lush green areas and lakes of water, and many different species of animals are depicted on the walls of these caves

9. Bimobekat Caves
The 130 caves of Bimobekat are the largest repository of prehistoric art in India. Inhabited from the early Palaeolithic to the present day, it is one of the earliest human settlements. The site bears witness to the cultural sequence from the Late Stone Age to the Early Historic Period. These prehistoric caves, the 'Old Bimobekat Cave Gallery Tunnels', preserve some fascinating paintings dating back to the Palaeolithic period.

10. Chauvet Cave
The Chauvet Cave is a cave in the Ardèche department in southern France, famous for the wealth of prehistoric paintings on its walls. Some historians believe that the petroglyphs in the cave date back 32,000 years. Discovered in 1994, the cave's petroglyphs are the earliest known art in the world. The cave does not offer tours. UNESCO listed Shovi Cave as a World Heritage Site last year.

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