Great Stupa of Sanchi

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Bhopal, India; 300 BCE

A stupa is a mound commemorating the place where a significant event took place or where holy relics were kept. The impulse behind the creation of a stupa was the same as the inspiration for the building of cairns of unworked stones, as related in the Hebrew bible, or prehistoric tumuli, or the Egyptian pyramids. Stupas are associated with Buddhism, and the Great Stupa of Sanchi, a small village 46 km (29 miles) from Bhopal, is one of the oldest, largest and most authoritative. The site, which includes other stupas, and the remains of palaces, is the oldest Buddhist sanctuary. It fell out of use in ...

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