Peace and serenity under the biggest stupa in the western world

The tallest stupa in the West; you might imagine it’s perhaps situated somewhere in London or maybe New York. In fact you may be surprised as I was to learn that it’s in Benalmadena Pueblo, a village in the hills about 15 kilometers from Malaga. As a lover of religious architecture, I had to pay a visit.

 

 

What strikes you first is the enormity of the structure – it’s over 100 feet high. It was built as a symbol of peace and prosperity for Spain in 2003 by a Buddhist leader from Bhutan who has constructed many others in Europe although this one is the grandest. Lectures and exhibitions are frequently held in the main hall.

 

 

It follows the Tibetan style and you can go inside and see the beautiful images and frescoes depicting the life of Lord Buddha. The views from the stupa towards the sea are superb and up in the hills, standing next to the stupa, I get a real sense of peace and tranquility.

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