Ajanta Caves

 India
Maharashtra State, Aurangabad District , Soyagon Taluka, Lenapur Village
N20 33 11.2 E75 42 0.9
Date of Inscription: 1983
Criteria: (i)(ii)(iii)(vi)
Property : 8,242 ha
Buffer zone: 78,676 ha
Ref: 242
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The first Buddhist cave monuments at Ajanta date from the 2nd and 1st centuries B.C. During the Gupta period (5th and 6th centuries A.D.), many more richly decorated caves were added to the original group. The paintings and sculptures of Ajanta, considered masterpieces of Buddhist religious art, have had a considerable artistic influence.

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