Buddhist Monuments in Sanchi and Satdhara, India
© UNESCO 2003
National implementing agency: Archaeological Survey of India Project duration: 1994-2003
Total project budget: US$ 500,000
"The World Heritage Site of Sanchi is composed of the famous Large Stupa and of 51 smaller stupas, most of them dating back to the period of Ashoka in the 3rd century BC. There are also several monasteries and temples from later periods, proving that the site was in use for at least 10 centuries.
A short distance from Sanchi, the Satdhara Buddhist Complex is composed of a large main stupa, 29 smaller stupas and two monasteries. Excavations of the main stupa revealed that despite a thick outer stone layer, probably from the 1st century BC, the stupa was initially constructed in the 3rd century BC.
The remains of approximately 30 stupas, temples and monasteries have been found at each site, as well as a large number of objects. The three original water tanks at Sanchi have been waterproofed and rehabilitated. Existing structures at both sites have been restored and consolidated in order to safeguard them for future generations. In addition, staff of the Archaeological Survey of India have been trained in conservation techniques and in up-to-date methods of monument documentation."
(Extract from "Preservation of Tangible Cultural Heritage through the UNESCO/Japanese Funds-in-Trust" p.19)
The Buddhist Monuments in Sanchi are on the World Heritage List of UNESCO
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