Kuva [monastery?], (in) Quva, Farg'ona Viloyati, UZ

Raw data

Quva, Uzbekistan Page
Other names: Quwa,Kuva
World:Uzbekistan:Farg'ona Viloyati
Lat 40.5236 Long 72.0617

The Buddhist complexes […] in Kuva, […] were adorned with … - Pugachenkova and Khakimov (1988:128)

[Mahayana …] "Buddhist temple at Quva in Ferghana of the 7th or 8th century AD. These appear to be the product of Tibetan Buddhism which spread in this area." - Krishan (1996:83)

"[T]he remains of a Buddhist temple. Built on a natural hill, it towered over the whole settlement. Stone stairs led to the top of the hill; an adobe wall separated it from the dwelling houses. The remains of the temple were hidden by cultural strata of the subsequent period, including three tiers of the 10th- and 11th- century graves. The temple was built of adobe bricks and pakhsa (rammed loam and straw mixture), whereas the overhead cover was made of wood. Although what survived of the temple strong walls was the structure not exceeding two metres in height, the archeologists managed to reconstruct the layout of the Buddhist religious complex. The southern side contained the entrance leading into the sanctuary and further to the altar on a one-meter-high platform. Along the walls of the sanctuary, around the altar, there were sufa platforms for offerings of flowers, fruits and incense burning.
Archeologists have not yet determined the exact age of the Buddhist temple in Kuba. It is only clear that its heyday fell on the second half of the 7th century, while in the 13th century the temple was destroyed by Arabs. At least the ruins of the sanctuary and the other parts of the temple bear visible traces of fire. The excavations in Kuba proved that at the beginning of the Common Era Buddhism was spread not only in today’s Surkhandarya Province, where most of Buddhist monuments are located, but also further to the north in the Fergana Valley."

Input by: tmciolek, Jul 2, 2010

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 13 Sep 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 Kuva monastery, UZ.

General location of the Kuva monastery, UZ.
Lat 40.5236 Long 72.0617
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2010.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Kuva [monastery?]

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • Uzbekistan:Farg'ona Viloyati

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

  • [missing data]

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

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

  • Mahayana - Krishan (1996:83)

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • [missing data]

11. Date-early

  • 7th or 8th century AD - Krishan (1996:83)

MBM chrono-tag 0600-32p 0633-66p 0667-99p 0700-32p 0733-66p 0767-99p - tmciolek 13 Sep 2013
0600-32p 0633-66p 0667-99p 0700-32p 0733-66p 0767-99p 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

  • [missing data]

13. Date-late

MBM chrono-tag 1200=> - tmciolek 13 Sep 2013

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • [missing data]

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • archaeological, art historical

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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