Great Stupa at Sanchi
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Location central India   map
Date -200 to 200   timeline
Building Type Buddhist monument
 Construction System carved stone
Climate desert
Context rural
Style Buddhist
Notes dome-shaped monument with circumferential walkway


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Sources on Great Stupa at Sanchi

Werner Blaser and Monica Stucky. Drawings of Great Buildings. Boston: Birkhauser Verlag, 1983. ISBN 3-7643-1522-9. LC 83-15831. NA2706.U6D72 1983. plan and elevation drawings, p129. — Available at

Mario Bussagli. Oriental Architecture/1. translated by John Shepley. New York: Electra/Rizzoli, 1989. color exterior photo, plate II.

Henry A. Millon, ed. Key Monuments of the History of Architecture. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1964. photo of exterior from the east, p162.

John Julius Norwich, ed. Great Architecture of the World. London: Mitchell Beazley Publishers, 1975. overview drawing, p27. Reprint edition: Da Capo Press, April 1991. ISBN 0-3068-0436-0. — An accessible, inspiring and informative overview of world architecture, with lots of full-color cutaway drawings, and clear explanations. Available at

Benjamin Rowland. The Art and Architecture of India. Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England: Penguin Books, 1977. photo of east gate, f42, p98.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Great Stupa at Sanchi


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