Sculpture of Buddha and Stupa's under barbed wire protection. View of the Takht-i-Bhai Buddhist Monastery in the Swat valley in Pakistan..Taxila, the main centre of Gandhara, is over 3,000 years old. Taxila had attracted Alexander the great from Macedonia in 326 BC, with whom the influence of Greek culture came to this part of the world. Taxila later came under the Mauryan dynasty and reached a remarkable matured level of development under the great Ashoka. During the year 2 BC, Buddhism was adopted as the state religion, which flourished and prevailed for over 1,000 years, until the year 10 AD. During this time Taxila, Swat and Charsadda (old Pushkalavati) became three important centers for culture, trade and learning. Hundreds of monasteries and stupas were built together with Greek and Kushan towns such as Sirkap and Sirsukh, both in Taxila.
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The Buddhist Swat Valley in Pakistan
Sculpture of Buddha and Stupa's under barbed wire protection. View of the Takht-i-Bhai Buddhist Monastery in the Swat valley in Pakistan..Taxila, the main centre of Gandhara, is over 3,000 years old. Taxila had attracted Alexander the great from Macedonia in 326 BC, with whom the influence of Greek culture came to this part of the world. Taxila later came under the Mauryan dynasty and reached a remarkable matured level of development under the great Ashoka. During the year 2 BC, Buddhism was adopted as the state religion, which flourished and prevailed for over 1,000 years, until the year 10 AD. During this time Taxila, Swat and Charsadda (old Pushkalavati) became three important centers for culture, trade and learning. Hundreds of monasteries and stupas were built together with Greek and Kushan towns such as Sirkap and Sirsukh, both in Taxila.

Filename: SCD_Pakistan_SwatValley_1A28.TIF
Size: 5232x3531 / 38.7MB
Source: YumeVisionPhotographers
Date: 26 Mar 1995
Location: Taxila Swat Valley Pakistan
Credit: Swen Connrad'/YumeVision
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Keywords:
  • Pakistan
  • Afghanistan
  • Swat
  • valley
  • Peshawar
  • Islam
  • Muslim
  • Moslem
  • Sunnis
  • Shiites
  • Buddhism
  • Buddhist
  • temple
  • Stupa
  • Buddha