Sanchi known for the oldest stone structure the ‘Great Stupa’ is located 46 km of Bhopal, the capital city of Madhya Pradesh state, India. The foundations of Sanchi stupa were laid by India’s greatest emperor ‘Ashoka the Great’. He reigned over most of the present-day India along with some of the partitioned lands. Ashoka embraced Buddhism after witnessing mass-deaths in the Kalinga war and dedicated his life in the spread of Buddhism all over Asia and erected Buddhist temples, chaityas, stupas and monasteries marking the life of Gautama Buddha.
Sanchi is famous in the world for its stupas, monolithic Asokan pillar, temples, monasteries and sculptural wealth, all these astonishing monuments represent the outstanding Buddhist art and architecture from the early Mauryan period in 3rd century BCE. The Buddhist monuments of Sanchi have been listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1989
- Ashoka Pillar
- The Buddhist Vihara
- The Great Bowl
- The Gupta Temple