Paitava monastery, (towards) Bagram, Velayat-e Parvan, AF

Raw data

"160. Paitava
Parwan Province. Fifteen kilometers southwest of Begram, four kilometers to the east of the Kabul-Charikar Road, fifty kilometers north Kabul.
Dates: Kushan period, 1st - 3rd century AD (stylistic)
Remains of a stupa monestery complex. Among the finds thus far: a carved stone (schist) relief of Maitreya Buddha (now in the Kabul Museum) and other sculpture. […] Lat 34.883333 Long 69.200000"
- DoDLRMP and CEMML (2010:#160 Paitava)

Input by: tmciolek, Mar 4, 2009

"To the south of the Hindu Kush, monasteries already flourished at Kapisa-Begram, Shotorak, and Paitava (2nd to 4th centuries) and Buddhist temples were established at Tepe Maranjan (4th to 5th centuries) in Kabul." - Maeda (n.d.)
Input by: tmciolek, Jul 6, 2010

Paitava (Parvan province)
According to the seventh-century Chinese pilgrim Xuan Zang, the monastery of Paitava (situated 7 km from Begram) depended on a large city named Si-pi-to-la-fasse. At that time, it was the most important city in the Kapisa region. The site was first discovered by Jouveau-Dubreuil, then excavated by Joseph hackin and finally by Jules Barthoux in 1924–25. Most of the pieces were too fragile to be recovered. french archaeologists of DAfA took a number of schist sculptures to the Kabul Museum.
P. Cambon, 1996a, AA, pp. 13–28.
B. Dagens, M. Le Berre and D. Schlumberger, 1964, MDAFA, XIX, p. 35.
Src: Tissot (2006)
Input by: tmciolek, Aug 01, 2014

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 01 Aug 2014

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 Paitava monastery, AF.

General location of the Paitava monastery, AF.
Lat 34.8833 Long 69.2000
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2010.

Google Map link:,%20AF)&ll=34.8833,69.2000&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Paitava monastery - DoDLRMP and CEMML (2010:#160 Paitava)

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • Afghanistan:Velayat-e Parvan

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

  • [missing data]

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx., Lat 34.8833 Long 69.2000 - DoDLRMP and CEMML (2010:#160 Paitava)

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

  • [missing data]

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • [missing data]

11. Date-early

  • Kushan period, 1st - 3rd century AD (stylistic) - DoDLRMP and CEMML (2010:#160 Paitava)

MBM chrono-tag <=0200 0200-32p 0233-66p 0267-99p - tmciolek 31 Jan 2014
<=0200 0200-32p 0233-66p 0267-99p 0300-32c 0333-66c 0367-99c 0400-32c 0433-66c 0467-99c 0500-32c 0533-66c 0567-99c 0600-32c 0633-66c 0667-99p dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

  • 4th century AD - Maeda (n.d.)

0300-32p 0333-66p 0367-99p

MBM chrono-tag 0300-32p 0333-66p 0367-99p  - tmciolek 31 Jan 2014

13. Date-late

  • Visited in the 640s by Xuanzang - Tissot (2006)
  • > MBM chrono-tag 0633-66c  - tmciolek 31 Jan 2014

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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