Samarqand monastery, (in) Samarqand, Samarqand Viloyati, UZ

Raw data

Samarkand monasteries were in severe decline during the time of Xuanzang - Foltz (1999:47).

"The sixth century [error, the text should read, "seventh century" - tmc], Chinese pilgrim Xuanzang (Hsüan-tsang) reported two huge Buddhist monasteries at the Sogdian capital at Samarkand." - Berzin (1994-2006)
Input by: tmciolek, Apr 21, 2009

"Xuanzang's biographer reports that during the monk's visit in 631, Zoroastrian priests chased two of his Buddhist followers. Although Xuanzang claimed some success in preaching Buddhism, there were apparently only two Buddhist temples left in the city at that time." -
Input by: tmciolek, Apr 06, 2013

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 09 Jul 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 Samarqand monastery, UZ.

General location of the Samarqand monastery, UZ.
lat=39.6542 long=66.9597
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2009.

Google Map link:,%20UZ)&ll=39.6542,66.9597&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Samarqand monastery - Foltz (1999:47)

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • Uzbekistan:Samarqand Viloyati

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

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4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

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

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12. Date-intermediate

  • "Xuanzang (Hsüan-tsang) reported [in 631 AD - tmc] two huge Buddhist monasteries at the Sogdian capital at Samarkand." - Berzin (1994-2006)

MBM chrono-tag 0600-32c - tmciolek 09 Jul 2014
0567-99p 0600-32c 0633-66p dated-x

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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