The ancient Takht-i-Bahi Monastic Complex in Pakistan (photo essay)
The ancient Takht-i-Bahi Monastic Complex is one of the most important Buddhist centres in the troubled Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan, located near the town of Mardan. The site is considered among the most imposing relics of Buddhism in all of Gandhara. It has been exceptionally well-preserved. Takht-i-Bahi was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980. The Buddhist monastery was founded in the 1st century CE, and was in use until the 7th century. The complex is regarded by archaeologists as being particularly representative of the architecture of Buddhist monastic centres from its era. It has survived in such a good condition because of the difficult terrain most probably. However, most of the Buddhist monasteries of that era were destroyed. A truly unique and highly recommended place to visit.