Jaulian

Pakistan

The Buddhist monastery and associated stupas of the Jaulian archaeological complex shed light on the early evolution and spread of Buddhism along the Silk Road. The site was constructed between the 2nd and 4th centuries CE and is located in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Northern Pakistan, part of the ancient Kingdom of Gandhara. Jaulian is one of many Buddhist sites constructed throughout the region during the Kushan period which was marked by general prosperity, a cosmopolitan mix of cultures, and state support of architecture. Jaulian forms part of the archaeological complex of Taxila, inscribed by UNESCO in 1980, and provides an excellent example of what a religious complex in the Gandhara region looked like during the Kushan period. The complex consists of the main stupa and twenty-seven subsidiary stupas located around the main stupa and in two adjacent courts. A stupa or Buddhist shrine, is a mound-like religious structure which may contain relics of the Buddha or a Buddhist saint, commemorate a holy event, or denote a sacred location.

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