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205. Tepe Sardar

See also Ghazni.

Ghazni Province. Four kilometers southeast of Ghazni.

Dates:  Sassanian period, 3rd-7th century AD;
           Turki Shahi, 7th-9th c. (architectural, ceramic, stylistic).

A very large stupa-monastery complex, consisting of a main stupa (the largest in Afghanistan) surrounded by many votive stupas and chapels, richly decorated in high clay relief. The remains in the sanctuary include fragments of several colossal Buddha statues, including a monumental seated Buddha and a 15 meters long reclining Buddha, all made from unbaked clay. There is also a Hindu shrine in the complex, where a statue of Durga Mahishasuramardini was found. Other finds include frescos, manuscripts, and many more sculptures.


Source: Warwick Ball, Archaeological Gazetteer of Afghanistan, 1982, n. 1180

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





Latitude
  33°32' N
 
  33.533333° N
Longitude
  68°27' E
 

68.450000° E

UTM x
  448932.32448819757
UTM y
  3710550.2324940953
Zone
  42N
   
MGRS
  42SVC4893210550



Tepe Sardar is located at the
above coordinates on JOG map 1501CNI4210_geo.pdf