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Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 2-1st cent.BC
Date of Inscription: 1989
Location: Asia, India, Madhya Pradesh
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Description: The site of Sanchi, lying 40 km from Bhopal on a hill overlooking the plain, is made up of a group of Buddhist monuments (monolithic pillars, palaces, temples and monasteries) all in differing states of conservation mostly dating back to the 2nd-1st centuries B.C. It was a foremost Indian Buddhist centre until the 12th century A.D. and is currently the oldest Buddhist sanctuary in existence. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
  Sanchi is a small village in India, located 46 km north east of Bhopal, and 10 km from Besnagar and Vidisha in the central part of the state of Madhya Pradesh. It is the location of several Buddhist monuments dating from the third century BCE to the twelfth century CE. It is a nagar panchayat in Raisen district in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The 'Great Stupa' at Sanchi was originally commissioned by the emperor Ashoka the Great in the third century BCE. Its nucleus was a simple hemispherical brick structure built over the relics of the Buddha. It was crowned by the chhatra, a parasol-like structure symbolising high rank, which was intended to honour and shelter the relics (Dehejia 1997). --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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