Takht-i Rustam

Under vistelsen i Aybak i Samanganprovinsen besökte vi även en turistattraktion; Takht-i Rustam. Det fanns ingen information på plats men Wikipedias förklaring finns nedan (ger mig, för allas skull, inte in på en egen tolkning). Vackra former och utsikt över Aybak med omnejd! (Inser att blogginläggen från de senaste dagarna avslöjar en stor entusiasm för denna del av landet…)

Literal meaning the throne of Rustam, named after Rustam, a king in Persian mythology, is a hilltop settlement. It is dated to the 4th and 5th centuries of the Kushano-Sassanian period, which is corroborated by archaeological, architectural and numismatic evidence. It is located 3 km to the southwest of Samangan town. It is the location of a stupa-monastery complex which is fully carved into the mountain rock. The monastery of the major Buddhist tradition of Theravada Buddhism, has five chambers, two are sanctuaries and one is a domed ceiling with an intricate lotus leaf beautification. In the adjacent hill is the stupa, which has a harmika, with several caves at its base. Above one of the caves, there is square building with two conference halls, one is 22 metres square and the other is circular. In one of these caves, Archaeological excavations have revealed a cache of Ghaznavid coins. (Wikipedia)

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