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Saidu stupa

  • Description:

    Saidu stupa is a historical and cultural site in Swat, Pakistan, that belongs to the ancient Buddhist civilization of Gandhara. It is located near the city of Saidu Sharif, at the foot of the mountains that separate the river valley Saidu from that of the river Jambil. The stupa is a dome-shaped structure that contains relics of Buddhist monks or teachers. The stupa was built in the 2nd century BCE, possibly by the Mauryan emperor Ashoka, and was enlarged five times by encasing the existing structure in a new shell. The stupa is decorated with geometric and floral patterns, as well as inscriptions in Kharosthi script. The stupa is surrounded by other monuments, such as smaller stupas, viharas, and columns. The stupa is a symbol of the rich cultural and religious heritage of Swat, which was once a center of Buddhism in the region. The stupa is one of the 85 sites in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa that are under the protection of the Federal Government.

  • Type: Heritage site
  • License# CC BY SA
  • Source of Description: https://www.google.com/maps/dir//Saidu+stupa+swat+address/data=!4m6!4m5!1m1!4e2!1m2!1m1!1s0x38dc22eef4f98417:0xc6aa64fd86014572?sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwj__Pb68cyCAxX5_7sIHZi5B94Q9Rd6BAhREAA
  • Entry Fee: No
  • Q946+RW5, Officers Colony Rd, Saidu Sharif, Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa