Facts and Data

Webpages:
Official Unesco Page
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Basis Data:
Unesco World heritage since: 1985
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Coordinates:
Longitude: 88,983°
Latitude: 25,033°

About

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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