Brihadisvara Temple

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The Brihadisvara Temple (or Brihadeeswara Temple) is a Shiva temple in Thanjavur, India. It was built in the 10th century. It was the first temple made totally of granite.

The main temple is between two rectangular areas. There is a tall tower above it. The tower is 66 metres (217 ft) high.

The temple was built by RajaRaja Chola I in 1010 CE. There was a great celebration in 2010 when the temple turned 1000 years old.

The temple is also known as Periya Kovil, RajaRajeshwara Temple, Peruvudaiyar Kovil and RajaRajeshwaram.

The temple is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the "Great Living Chola Temples". It is one of the best known South Indian temples.