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Ruins of the Buddhist Vihara at Paharpur
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 7th century
Date of Inscription: 1985
Location: Asia, Bangladesh, Naogaon Subdivision of Rajshahi District
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Description: Somapura Mahavira, or the Great Monastery, was a celebrated intellectual centre until the 12th century and presently acts as evidence for the Bengali rise of Mahayana Buddhism from the 7th century onwards. Representing a unique artistic achievement, the layout of this monastery-city is perfectly adapted to its religious function. Made up of simple, harmonious lines with an abundance of carved decoration, it influenced Asian Buddhist architecture (stretching as far away as Cambodia). --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
  Somapura Mahavihara in Paharpur, Naogaon, Bangladesh is among the best known Buddhist viharas in South Asia and is one of the most improtant archeological sites in the country. It is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. since then, a series of UNESCO missions has regularly visited the site and helped with the project. Moreover, the UN body also prepared a master plan, involving 5.6 million dollars. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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