Fayaz-Tepe monastery, (in) Old Termiz, Surxondaryo Viloyati, UZ

Raw data

"In Tokharistan were excavated the Buddhist complexes of Karatepa and Fayaztepa in Old Termez, monastery of Adjinatepa, sanctuaries of Kalai Kafirnigan and Kafir-qala, stupa Chor-Digak in Chaganian and the temple in Kuva, the Fergana valley. On the territory of Old Termez, Chaganian, Shuman, Khavamaran and Kobadian, in the VII c. operated tens of the Buddhist monasteries, and even in the early VIII c. in Tokharistan "king and elite, and people" confessed Buddhism. The Arab expansion caused total migrations of the Buddhists eastward, first of all, to Eastern Turkistan where Buddhism became mass religion." - San'at (2002a)

Termiz - "The main sights lurk northwest of the city on the road to Qarshi. Driving out here you'll notice various piles of rubble in the cotton fields of what used to be Termiz (and is now known as Old Termiz). These are Buddhist ruins, levelled by Jenghiz Khan along with the rest of Old Termiz in 1220. Today archaeologists are busy trying to reverse some of the damage at Fayouz-Tepe, a 3rd-century AD Buddhist monastery complex 9km west of the bus station. Discovered only in 1968, in recent years it's been restored and partly rebuilt with support from Unesco. The modern-looking teapot dome protects the monastery's original stupa. Looking south-west from here the remains of Kara-Tepe, a Buddhist cave monastery, are visible on the banks of the Amu-Darya."
Bradley et al. (2007:248-249)

"Hinayana was widespread in Tokharistan; according to Hsüan-tsang" - Melikian-Chirvani (n.d.)

[2] The remains of Bactrian Buddhist monasteries have been found near Termez in southern Uzbekistan at Kara Tepe, Fayas Tepe and Dalverzin Tepe,

Fayaz - tepa
A buddhist temple and monastery complex in 1 km to the north-west from Old
Termez. It was built in the 1st century and had a rectangular form of 117X34 m
spreading from north-west to south-east. It consists of a temple, a monastery, a
refectory and a separately standing Stupa. [destroyed in the 4th c.]

Termiz, Uzbekistan Page
Other names: Termez
World:Uzbekistan:Surxondaryo Viloyati
Lat 37.2242 Long 67.2783

Input by: tmciolek, Aug 28, 2009

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 14 Feb 2013

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 2 km from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Fayaz-Tepe monastery, UZ.

General location of the Fayaz-Tepe monastery, UZ.
lat=37.299 long=67.220
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2009.

Google Map link:


Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Fayaz-Tepe monastery - Pugachenkova and Khakimov (1988:127)

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • Uzbekistan:Surxondaryo Viloyati

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

  • Fayaztepa monastery - San'at (2002a)
  • Fayouz-Tepe monastery - Bradley et al. (2007:248-249)
  • Fayas Tepe monastery - http://www.berzinarchives.com
  • Fajaztepe monastery - Zejmal and Rtveladze (1999)

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx., Lat 37.299 Long 67.220 - based on inspection of maps.google.com, tmciolek, 28 Aug 2009.

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

  • The nearby Kara-tepe monastery - San'at (2002a)
  • The nearby Airtam monastery

6. Modern name of the known nearest city, town, or village

7. The settlement's alternative/historical names

8. The settlement's coordinates

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

  • Theravada - Melikian-Chirvani (n.d.)

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • [missing data]

11. Date-early

  • MBM chrono-tag <=0200 - tmciolek 14 Feb 2013
  • <=0200 0200-32c 0233-66c 0267-99c 0300-32c 0333-66c 0367-99c 0400-32c 0433-66c 0467-99c 0500-32c 0533-66c 0567-99c 0600-32c 0633-66c 0667-99c 0700-32c 0733-66c 0767-99c 0800-32c 0833-66c 0867-99c 0900-32c 0933-66c 0967-99c 1000-32c 1033-66c 1067-99c 1100-32c 1133-66c 1167-99c 1200=> dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

13. Date-late

  • Destroyed by the Mongols in 1220 - Bradley et al. (2007:248-249)
  • MBM chrono-tag 1200=> - tmciolek 14 Feb 2013

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • [missing data]

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • Archaeological

16. Additional notes

  • [missing data] (incl. details of the size of the monastic population)

17. Corrections & addenda to this page were kindly provided by

  • [missing data]

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