Sanchi is one of the world's most important Buddhist centres, the first stupas being built here by Ashoka in the 3rd century, since when many more have been added. The Great Stupa - a severe grey brown hemisphere of massive proportions - is 106ft. in diameter, and rises to a height of 42ft, the original brick stupa having been later enclosed in a stone one. The Gupta temple built seven centuries later is one of the earliest specimens of temple architecture.
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