The Great Stupa at Sanchi

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ameeta
by Ameeta singh
published on 22 June 2012

The 'Great Stupa' at Sanchi is the oldest stone structure in ancient India and was originally built by the emperor Ashoka the Great in the 3rd century BCE. Its nucleus was a simple hemispherical brick structure built over the relics of the Mahamodglyan and Mogliputt tiss the great buddhist monks . It was crowned by the chatra, a parasol-like structure symbolising high rank, which was intended to honour and shelter the relics. It has four profusely carved ornamental gateways and a balustrade encircling the whole structure.The sculptures had Greek influence.

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singh, A. (2012, June 22). The Great Stupa at Sanchi. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/706/the-great-stupa-at-sanchi/

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