Ruins of the Buddhist Vihara at Paharpur (1985)
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Pakistan 1963. Ruins of the Buddhist Vihara at Paharpur. 

Evidence of the rise of Mahayana Buddhism in Bengal from the 7th century onwards, Somapura Mahavira, or the Great Monastery, was a renowned intellectual centre until the 12th century. Its layout perfectly adapted to its religious function, this monastery-city represents a unique artistic achievement. With its simple, harmonious lines and its profusion of carved decoration, it influenced Buddhist architecture as far away as Cambodia. 
  • Pakistan 1963. Ruins of the Buddhist Vihara at Paharpur. 

Bangladesh, formerly known as East Pakistan, broke away from Pakistan in April 1971, proclaiming its independence. It consists of 14 former eastern districts of Bengal and the former Sylhet district of Assam province of India. Although the ruins of the Buddhist Vihara at Paharpur is located in present-day Bangladesh, this is the reason why the stamp shown is from Pakistan (former West Pakistan). 

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Other World Heritage Sites in Bangladesh (on this site). Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, Bangladesh Section, for further information about the individual properties. 

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