Kizyl-Kharga monastery, (near) Kuqa, Xinjiang, CN

Raw data

"Kizil-Kargha Caves
       Situated at the southern part of the Salt Water Valley 11 kilometers to the northwest of Kucha City, the caves were excavated at the cliffs or hummocks on both sides of the lap of the mountain in the Southern and Northern Dynasties and T‘ang Dynasty. Among listed 47 caves, most are monk’s rooms, and murals are preserved very well in 11 caves. Among these murals portraits of the kings of Qiuci and his family members as donors of the caves are very characteristic. These murals and their themes are basically in Qiuci style. The no.12 cave is unique in shape. It is a worshiping cave with a heptangular flat roof. There is a center pillar in its center, corridors along the left and right sides and a tunnel through its back wall. This type of cave is unique in Qiuci."

"Angela Howard gave a report on her visit to central Asian cave-temples last year in Kizil, Simsim, Kizilkargha, Toghrakeken, and Eastern and Western Subashi, where she located and analyzed meditation cells with wall-paintings. "

Input by: tmciolek, Jan 11, 2011

Final data (and their sources)

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 200 m from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Kizyl-Kharga monastery, CN.

General location of the Kizyl-Kharga monastery, CN.
Lat 41.75238 Long 82.93004
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2010.

Google Map link:,%20CN)&ll=41.75238,82.93004&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Kizil-Kargha Caves -

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China:Xinjiang Uygur Zizhiqu

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx., Lat 41.75238 Long 82.93004 - based on the visual identification of Kezi'er Gaha Qianfu Cave in maps, - tmciolek, 11 Jan 2011.

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

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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

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10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

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11. Date-early

12. Date-intermediate

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13. Date-late

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

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15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • archaeological, stylistical

16. Additional notes

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

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