Fayaz-Tepa Buddhist Remains
© UNESCO 2003
National implementing agency: Ministry of Culture
Project duration: 2000-2004
Total project budget: US$ 702,860
"The ancient capital of northern Bactria, Termez, in southern Uzbekistan, has extensive archaeological sites, offering important evidence of the transmission of Buddhism from India to the Far East via Gandhara. Dating from the 1st century BC, the ruins of Fayaz-Tepa are located on a hill near the ramparts of Old Termez. Of sundried mud-brick and cob construction, the complex comprises a stupa and a rectangular monastery divided into three parts, with the main shrines located around the central court and the kitchen/refectory to the south. The seated statue of the Buddha found in the main shrine is a masterpiece of Buddhist-Hellenistic art.
Little preservation work has been carried out since the 1977 excavations. The fragile earth remains will be preserved and protected from further erosion, visitor facilities improved and infor-mational and promotional materials published. A Master Plan will integrate the Fayaz-Tepa project into a comprehensive strategy for the management of cultural property and the development of tourism in the region."
(Extract from "Preservation of Tangible Cultural Heritage through the UNESCO/Japanese Funds-in-Trust" p.17)
Copyright : 2013 Permanent Delegation of Japan to UNESCO