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Bihar’s Nalanda University Is Now A UNESCO World Heritage Site

The archaeological site of Nalanda Mahavihara (Nalanda University) in Bihar has been included in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List, which also featured three new sites from China, Iran and Micronesia.

Nalanda is the name of an ancient center of higher learning in Bihar, India. The site of Nalanda is located in the Indian state of Bihar. Some buildings were constructed by the Mauryan emperor Ashoka the Great. Nalanda flourished between the reign of the Gupta king Śakrāditya (also known as Kumāragupta, reigned 415-55) and 1197 CE.


Nalanda was built with red bricks and its ruins occupy an area of 14 hectares. The university was considered an architectural masterpiece, and was marked by a lofty wall and one gate. Nalanda had eight separate compounds and ten temples, along with many other meditation halls and classrooms.

“Nalanda stands out as one of the most ancient universities in South Asia. Archaeological Site of Nalanda Mahavihara (Nalanda University) comprises the archaeological remains of a monastic and scholastic institution dating from the 3rd century BCE to the 13th century CE,”  UNESCO said in a release.


UNESCO declares Nalanda Mahavihara World Heritage Site

An incredible institute which was not only for intellectual study…people came here to attain enlightenment and realize their full potential… The great Universities of the modern world base their original design upon the structure of Nalanda. It was a pioneering institute. People from all over Asia came to study at Nalanda.



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