sanchiaugust 97 peter r bullen

the main stupa last photo... next photo... This is the main stupa at Sanchi. To give an idea of the scale (sorry!) the 'low' fence around the stupa is about a story high. The stupas are solid; the relics would have been in the very center of the dome, we were told, and many were broken into in the 19th century, though even by then there was nothing left.

In the picture, you can see one of the four entrances (at the cardinal points of compass). The entrance is just to a walkway around the outside of the stupa. There's another walkway on the ledge at the bottom edge of the dome, about 1.5 stories up. The whole thing is probably close to 4 stories high, at the very top, plus the spire..

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