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Monastery in 7th century

Location: Badalgachi, Naogaon, B a n g l a d e s h.

 

Paharpur Buddhist Monastery is another tourist attraction of North Bengal,Paharpur,Bangladesh. According to inscriptions, Paharpur, previously known as Somapura vihara, was built by the great Pala emperor Dharmapala (770-810).

This huge quadrangular monastery with 177 monastic cells enclosing the courtyard and numerous votive stupas, minor chapels, extensive ancillary buildings on 22 acres is dominated by a lofty pyramidal cruciform vihara in the centre.

In 1968, Paharpur has been declared as National Cultural Heritage Property protected under the Antiquity Act 1968 (amended in 1976). In 1985, UNESCO has declared Paharpur Buddhist Vihara as World Heritage Site (WHS) [criteria: C (i) (ii) (vi)] under convention 1972.

For more information: www.worldheritagesite.org/sites/buddhistvihara.html

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somapura_Mahavihara#History

whc.unesco.org/en/list/322

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Taken on February 4, 2010