Monasteries 45 & 47

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Monasteries 45 & 47 information

Sanchi , India
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The earliest monasteries were made of wood and are long gone. The usual plan is of a central courtyard surrounded by monastic cells. Monasteries 45 and 47, standing on the eastern ridge, date from the transition from Buddhism to Hinduism, with strong Hindu elements in their design. The former has two exceptional sitting Buddhas.