Takht-i Rustam monastery, (near) Samangan, Velayat-e Samangan, AF

Raw data

"198. Takht-i Rustam (Haibak)
Samangan Province. Two kilometers south of the center of Haibak.
Dates:  Kushano-Sassanian, 4th-5th century AD (architectural evidence);
           Ghaznavid & Seijuk, 11th-12th century (numismatic).
A stupa-monastery complex, all completely carved from the bedrock. The monastery consists of five chambers, two of them sanctuaries. One of them has a domed ceiling with an elaborate lotus leaf decoration. On an adjacent hill is the stupa, surmounted by a harmika, with several more rough caves around the base. A hoard of Ghaznavid coins was found by chance in one of the caves. Lat 36.25 Long 68.033333 "
- DoDLRMP and CEMML (2010:#198 Takht-i Rustam (Haibak))

"The town [Samangan or Aibak] sits just west of the main highway, with the road into town leading to the main square and bazaar. Takht-e Rostam is 3km to the southwest,"

"Takht e Rustam
Samangan Province, Afghanistan
[…] The Throne of Rustam, a king and hero from Persian mythology, is a round stone Buddhist hill temple with a cave monastery. Dating from the 4th and 5th centuries, it rose in three levels for the king (uppermost), his court (middle level) and commoners (ground level). There is a cave inside the hill and a square building on top. Outside there are two conference halls; one is 22 metres by 22 metres and the other is round."

[NOTE: The site of the monastery is not to be confused with the site of a settlement of Takht-e Rostam
Afghanistan:Velayat-e Farah Lat 32.1344 Long 61.9367 www.fallingrain.com/world/AF/06/Takhte_Rostam.html]

Input by: tmciolek, Jul 7, 2010

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 19 Jul 2014

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 Takht-i Rustam monastery, AF.

General location of the Takht-i Rustam monastery, AF.
Lat 36.24597 Long 68.02119
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2010.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Takht-i Rustam - DoDLRMP and CEMML (2010:#198 Takht-i Rustam (Haibak))

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • Afghanistan:Velayat-e Samangan

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx, Lat 36.24597 Long 68.02119 - based on the visaul identification of the site in satellite images, maps.google.com, tmciolek, 24 Mar 2011.

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

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • [missing data]

11. Date-early

  • Kushano-Sassanian, 4th-5th century AD - DoDLRMP and CEMML (2010:#198 Takht-i Rustam (Haibak))

MBM chrono-tag 0300-32p 0333-66p 0367-99p 0400-32p 0433-66p 0467-99p - tmciolek 19 Jul 2014
0300-32p 0333-66p 0367-99p 0400-32p 0433-66c 0467-99p 0500-32c 0533-66c 0567-99c 0600-32c 0633-66c 0667-99c 0700-32c 0733-66c 0767-99c 0800-32c 0833-66c 0867-99c 0900-32c 0933-66c 0967-99c 1000-32p 1033-66p 1067-99p 1100-32p 1133-66p 1167-99p dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

MBM chrono-tag 0433-66c  - tmciolek 19 Jul 2014

13. Date-late

  • Ghaznavid & Seijuk, 11th-12th century - DoDLRMP and CEMML (2010:#198 Takht-i Rustam (Haibak))

MBM chrono-tag 1000-32p 1033-66p 1067-99p 1100-32p 1133-66p 1167-99p - tmciolek 19 Jul 2014

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • [missing data]

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • archaeological, architectural, numismatic evidence

16. Additional notes

  • five chambers, two of them sanctuaries - DoDLRMP and CEMML (2010:#198 Takht-i Rustam (Haibak))

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

  • [missing data]

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