Takht-i-Bahi World Heritage Site

Archaeological site in Pakistan

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Takht-i-Bahi
تختِ باہی
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Takht-i-Bahi is located in Pakistan
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Takht-i-Bahi is located in Gandhara
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Takht-i-Bahi (Gandhara)
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Takht-i-Bahi is located in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
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Takht-i-Bahi (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa)
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LocationMardan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Coordinates34°17′10″N 71°56′48″E / 34.28611°N 71.94667°E / 34.28611; 71.94667Coordinates: 34°17′10″N 71°56′48″E / 34.28611°N 71.94667°E / 34.28611; 71.94667
TypeSettlement
History
Founded1st century CE
Abandoned7th century CE
Official nameBuddhist Ruins of Takht-i-Bahi and Neighbouring City Remains at Sahr-i-Bahlol
TypeCultural
Criteriaiv
Designated1980 (4th session)
Reference no.140
RegionAsia-Pacific

Takht-i-Bahi (Urdu: تختِ باہی‎; "Throne of the water spring"), commonly mispronounced as Takht-i-Bhai (Urdu: تخت بھائی‎; "Brother's throne"), is an Indo-Parthian archaeological site of an ancient Buddhist monastery in Mardan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. The site is considered among the most imposing relics of Buddhism in all of Gandhara,[1] and has been "exceptionally well-preserved."[1]

The Buddhist monastery was founded in the 1st century CE,[2] and was in use until the 7th century.[1] The complex is regarded by archaeologists as being particularly representative of the architecture of Buddhist monastic centers from its era.[3] Takht-i-Bahi was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980.[2][4]

  1. ^ a b c Cite error: The named reference UNESCO was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  2. ^ a b Takht-i-Bahi, UNESCO Office, Islamabad, Pakistan, 2002
  3. ^ UNESCO Advisory Body Evaluation of Takht Bhai
  4. ^ Khaliq, Fazal (1 June 2015). "Takht-i-Bhai: A Buddhist monastery in Mardan". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 8 November 2015.

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