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[an error occurred while processing this directive][an error occurred while processing this directive] The Buddhist Monuments of Sanchi are a World Heritage Site located in the small village of Sanchi, in Raisen district, Madhya Pradesh, India. They are located about 40 km from Bhopal and include monolithic pillars, temples and monasteries which were built between the 2nd and 1st centuries BC. The area has been an important pilgrimage site for Buddhism since the 3rd century BC till the 12th century AD.


Torana and Great Stupa of Sanchi, India
Torana and Great Stupa of Sanchi, India
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There are a number of stupas, hemispherical brick mounds built to enshrine relics of the Buddha. The most famous is the Great Stupa, commissionned by the Emperor Ashoka the Great in the 3rd century BC. Entrance to the Great Stupa is through a Torana, an archway that is typical in many Hindu, Buddhist and Jain architecture of that period. It is similar to the torii of Japanese shrines and paifang of Chinese temples.

Buddhist Monuments of Sanchi was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 13th session of the World Heritage Committee in Paris, France, on 11 - 15 December, 1989.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N23 28 45.984 E77 44 22.992 in Madhya Pradesh
Inscription Year: 1989
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: I, II, III, IV, VI

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