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Mehmood Ghzanavi Mosque

Sultan Mahmud Ghaznavi Mosque (Odigram) is one of the oldest in northern Pakistan, discovered by the Italian Archaeological Mission in Pakistan in 1985. The Mosque represents a splendid design of old Muslim architecture. Discovery of an Arabic Inscription In 1984 an inscription in Arabic engraved on a black marble was found by chance on the slopes of the hill below the castle of Raja Gira. The inscription attests to the foundation …

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Jehanabad Buddha Statue

The huge image of a seated Buddha carved into a high rock face of reddish colour that rises on the hillside to the southwest of Jehanabad (Shakhorai) village. It is situated at a distance of 5km to the N-E of Manglawar. This huge image of the Buddha can also be visible from the road, on the right side when one …

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Ghaligay Buddha Statue

The colossal statue of Buddha lies near the village of Ghaligay some 18km away from Mingora at the foot of rocky slopes, on the left side of the main road leading to Mardan. The Buddha facing west is situated about 1km from the left bank of the river Swat. This statue is carved on the live rock of the hillside in …

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Saidu Stupa

One of the most important Buddhist relics in Swat, is near the museum. The stupa, which dates from the 2nd century BC, was possibly built by the Mauryan emperor Ashoka to house some of the ashes of the Buddha. In subsequent centuries, it was enlarged five times by encasing the existing structure in a new shell. Italian excavators working in …

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Butkara

The Buddhist sacred precinct of Butkara No. 2 ( identified as the monetary of Ta-Lo, mentioned by Sung Yun (520 AD) visited and described by the Chinese Buddhist pilgrims of the 5th, 6th and 7th centuries AC lies at the eastern end of the ancient capital of Udyana Meng-Chich-Li, present Mingora. The main Stupa stand in the middle, around it are crowded monuments Stupas, Viharas and …

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Swat Museum

Swat Museum is on the east side of the street, halfway between Mingora and Saidu. Japanese aid has given a facelift to its seven galleries which now contain an excellent collection of Gandhara sculptures taken from some of the Buddhist sites in Swat, rearranged and labelled to illustrate the Buddha’s life story. Terracotta figurines and utensils, beads, precious stones, coins, …

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