The unique architecture of Chien Dan tower

On the way to Tam Ky city, next to Highway 1, Tam An commune, about 5km north of Tam Ky city, Quang Nam province, you will see Chien Dan tower, one of the ancient towers of Cham Pa consists of a cluster of three Cham towers standing parallel to each other in the north-south direction, facing east.

The tower was built in the late 10th and early 11th centuries, during the Champa period, transferring its capital from Quang Nam to Binh Dinh under the reign of Yan Pu Ku Vijaya. Chien Dan tower now has a tower of three large stupas, but only the central tower is quite intact and still retain the shape of a stupa remains the body and a floor above, while The remaining two towers, the South Tower and the North Tower have completely lost the upper floors, leaving only the tower itself, only the central tower is quite intact.

All three stupas are parallel in parallel, side by side on a row in north-south direction and facing east. All three of the stupas are of the traditional tower type: the square tower has the roof, and is very similar in shape, structure, decoration. However, the size of the three towers, the largest south tower, then the Central Tower and then the North Tower

The tower has an elegant and classic look like the typical stupa of My Son style, is considered the most beautiful style of ancient art of Cham Pa. The tower is high, the upper floors are proportionate and harmonious, the vertical blocks of the pillar are protruding moderately enough to create lines that are both neat and elegant, the dome door does not come out. Which shrinks and then tapers upward like a spear. On sandstone curbstone, there is a surface of Kala.

In this area there is also the Champa art gallery with many bas reliefs; Human statue: goddess, dancer, armed soldiers; Mascots: Naga snakes, Garuda birds, elephants, lions, stone storks … are of high artistic value to be of interest to researchers and visitors. The sculptures on the style of architecture and sculpture Chien Dan, dating back to the second half of the 10th century, is the transition between My Son style and Binh Dinh style.

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