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Bangladesh, Ruins of the Buddhist Vihara at Paharpur

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Location Naogaon Subdivision of Rajshahi District, Bangladesh
Coordinates N25 1 60 E88 58 60
Type Cultural
Date of Inscription 1985

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/322 )

Evidence of the rise of Mahayana Buddhism in Bengal from the 7th century onwards, Somapura Mahavira, or the Great Monastery, was a renowned intellectual centre until the 12th century. Its layout perfectly adapted to its religious function, this monastery-city represents a unique artistic achievement. With its simple, harmonious lines and its profusion of carved decoration, it influenced Buddhist architecture as far away as Cambodia.

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