Guldara monastery, (near) Kheyrabad, Velayat-e Kabol, AF

Raw data

"Guldara Stupa, 4th c. or earlier […]
Moissec Valley, near Guldara (15 mi. East of Kabul)"

"The Buddhist stupa at Guldara dates from the fourth century A.D. and was a solid mass of rough stone and mud with a small chamber constructed to house the reliquary."

"Guldara (also Gūḏāra, Gudara, or Gowdārah) is a village and the center of Guldara District, Kabul Province, Afghanistan." -

"080. Guldarra
Alternate name: Musa-i Logar
Kabul Province. In the Musa-i Logar Valley, 22 kilometers southeast of Kabul.
Date:  Early Sassanian, 3rd-4th century AD
          (architectural, numismatic, stylistic evidence)
A large stupa-monastery complex, probably the best preserved in Afghanistan. The main stupa consists of a dome and two drums resting on a high, square platform with a staircase to the southwest, in turn resting on a lower square platform. Construction is of diaper masonry throughout. The high platform and both of the drums are decorated in friezes of blind arches and "Indo-Corinthian" pilasters. Behind the stupa is a fortified monastery. It is of mud-brick construction on a stone foundation, and consists of a central courtyard surrounded by cells. To the south of the complex is a small stupa, almost a replica of the larger one, apart from the staircase.[…]
Latitude 34.39233º N 69.2788º E"
DoDLRMP and CEMML (2010:#080 Guldarra)

Kheyrabad, Afghanistan Page
Other names: Khairabad,Khayrabad,Kheyrābād,Khairābād,Khayṟābāḏ
World:Afghanistan:Velayat-e Kabol
Lat 34.4178 Long 69.1728

Input by: tmciolek, Jul 16, 2010

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 07 Apr 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 Guldara monastery, AF.

General location of the Guldara monastery, AF.
Lat 34.39233 Long 69.2788
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2010.

Google Map link:,%20AF)&ll=34.39233,69.2788&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Guldara monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • Afghanistan:Velayat-e Kabol

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

  • Guldarra monastery - DoDLRMP and CEMML (2010:#080 Guldarra)
  • Musa-i Logar monastery - DoDLRMP and CEMML (2010:#080 Guldarra)

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx., Lat 34.39233 Long 69.2788 - DoDLRMP and CEMML (2010:#080 Guldarra)

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

  • [missing data]

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

  • [missing data]

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • [missing data]

11. Date-early

  • 3rd c. AD - DoDLRMP and CEMML (2010:#080 Guldarra)
  • MBM chrono-tag 0200-32p 0233-66p 0267-99p - tmciolek 07 Apr 2013
  • 0200-32p 0233-66p 0267-99p 0300-32p 0333-66p 0367-99p dated-ex

12. Date-intermediate

  • MBM chrono-tag 0300-32p 0333-66p 0367-99p - tmciolek 07 Apr 2013

13. Date-late

  • [missing data]

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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