SPACH Photo Catalogue of Major Priority Sites and Monuments:

Provinces:

Badakhshan Badghis
Baghlan
Balkh
Bamyan
Farah
Faryab
Ghazni
Ghor
Herat
Helmand
Jawzjan
Kabul
Kandahar
Kapisa
Khost
Kunar
Kunduz
Laghman
Logar
Nangarhar
Nimroz
Nuristan
Paktika
Paktya
Parwan
Samangan
Sari Pul
Takhar
Uruzgan
Wardak
Zabu
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"TEPE SARDAR, 3rd-8th c. A.D. Buddhist complex

LOCATION: Ghazni Province. 4km southeast of Ghazni.

DESCRIPTION:
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 m 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."

From Ball, W. Archaeological Gazetteer of Afghanistan, Paris, 1982. p.275


CONDITION:
natural deterioration.

 

 

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