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Erdene Zuu monastery

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Wednesday April 2, 2008

Kharhorin, Ovorhangai province, Mongolia

Caption: Part of the Erdene Zuu Monastery complex at Kharhorin, Mongolia. Although mostly Buddhist structures remain, this site has also been linked with Christianity since the times of the great Mongol Khans in the 12th century. Indeed one of the symbols from Kharhorin which can be seen on Mongolian money is of an angel blowing a trumpet. This influence came to Mongolia through Nestorian Christians in the 8th century and through subsequent european travellers. Kublai Khan ruled here from 1260 to 1294. His mother Queen Soyo was a christian... It is little known, but Kublai Khan himself wrote a letter (via Nicolo Polo, uncle of Marco) to the Pope requesting 100 teachers of the law to come to Mongolia and convince them of the truth of christianity - "so that the Christians of these parts will exceed in number those who inhabit your own country". It is said three set out from Europe, but they never reached Mongolia!

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Originally from Scotland, my wife and I are Christian missionaries in Mongolia, which we have enjoyed for the last 10 years. I teach at a Bible College in Ulanbaatar. Mongolians are very friendly people and a real joy to work with. We have three children and love exploring the Mongolian countryside. We love the great outdoors, fly fishing, camping, hiking and photography. Hope you enjoy our pictures, we certainly enjoy looking at everyone else's. Erik Create your own visitor map!

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