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198. Takht-i Rustam (Haibak)


Samangan Province. Two kilometers south of the center of Haibak.

Dates:  Kushano-Sassanian, 4th-5th century AD (architectural evidence);
           Ghaznavid & Seijuk, 11th-12th century (numismatic).

A stupa-monastery complex, all completely carved from the bedrock. The monastery consists of five chambers, two of them sanctuaries. One of them has a domed ceiling with an elaborate lotus leaf decoration. On an adjacent hill is the stupa, surmounted by a harmika, with several more rough caves around the base. A hoard of Ghaznavid coins was found by chance in one of the caves.

 

Source: Warwick Ball, Archaeological Gazetteer of Afghanistan, 1982, n. 1135

Latitude
  36° 15' N
 
  36.25° N
Longitude
  68° 02' E
 

68.033333° E

UTM x
  413151.1621031739
UTM y
  4012110.9255834185
Zone
  42N
   
MGRS
  42SVF1315112110



Takht-i Rustam is located at the above coordinates along the
border between JOG map
1501CNJ4214_geo.pdf