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Mahabuddha Temple (built 14th century)

Mahabuddha temple is dedicated to Siddhartha Gautama, the historical Buddha. It was built by priest Abhaya Raj of Patan. The temple is often called "the temple of a thousand Buddhas" because a Buddha image is engraved on every brick. The temple is modeled on the Mahabodhi Temple at Bodhgaya, India.

Also, compare this temple to these other 'Bodhgaya-style' temples:


All images copyright 2001 Kaye Yeo Ahn

Finley, Hugh; Everest, Richard; Wheeler, Tony. Lonely Planet: Nepal
  Lonely Planet Publications, 1999. China

Korn, Wolfgang The Traditional Architecture of the Kathmandu Valley
  University Press (Tribhuvan University), 1976. Nepal

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man.shakya posted on Mon May 23, 2011 11:06 pm:

Visit Mahabuddha temple to see one of the best teracotta master art temple

Stefan posted on Wed Jan 07, 2009 6:02 pm:

The Mahabuddha Temple is for me the highlight in Patan. An absolute must to see.