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Stupa Court in Block A


Description of Remains

The complex at the western edge of Block A contained a stupa court surrounded by small rooms which measures east-west 23.5m x north-south 32.7m. The rooms surround a large central square plinth which measures about 10m2. There are the remains of two smaller bases as well, and all three square bases where more most likely used for stupas. [1] The central stupa base has a set of stairs which face north towards and entrance which is in the middle of the northern wall.

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Marshall suggested they were used by monks (Marshall, Taxila, p. 142), but Behrendt is more skeptical as there were no finds reported from the cells (Behrendt, The Buddhist Architecture of Gandhara, p. 43 n. 17).