Nau Bahar monastery, (near) Samangan, Velayat-e Samangan, AF

Raw data

"Outside of the walled city enclosure [of Balkh], buildings of the Buddhist period seem to have proved more durable than those of the Islamic era, with the remains of Tahkti-Rustam [near Samangan - tmc], the ruins of a Buddhist monastery of Nau Bahar and the associated stupa of Tepe Rustam, of which an earth-brick base of some 40 metres in diameter survives."

"Other notable sites needing protection in or near Balkh include […] located some three kilometers to the south, and farther south, the Buddhist monastery Takht-i Rustam  and the associated stupa of Tepe Rustam, of which an earth-brick base, 40 meters in diameter, still survives." - DoDLRMP and CEMML (2010:#017 Balkh: Bala Hissar (Citadel))

Input by: tmciolek, 12 Jul 2010.

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 12 Jul 2010

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 Nau Bahar monastery, Afhganistan.

General location of the Nau Bahar monastery, Afhganistan.
Lat 36.24939 Long 67.9997
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2009.

Google Map link:,%20AF)&ll=36.24939,67.9997&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • Afghanistan:Velayat-e Samangan

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

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4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx, Lat 36.24939 Long 67.9997 - based on visual identification of the stupa in satellite imagery,, tmciolek, 12 Jul 2010.

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

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

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12. Date-intermediate

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13. Date-late

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14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

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15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

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16. Additional notes

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

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