Ruins of ancient Buddhist settlement, Takht-i-Bhai
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph taken c.1880 by Norris of the ancient Buddhist site of Takht-i-Bhai. This photograph shows a view of the ruined monastery which is set high on an outcrop of the Paja ridge with spectacular views of the fertile plains below. An ancient trade route linking Central Asia and India once ran through this area and the ruined site of Takht-i-Bhai, attracted the patronage of many visitors using this route. The earliest inscriptions at the monastery were written at the height of the Kushan empire, during the first or the second century AD. Many parts of the monastery were added after this period, the last being built in the sixth or seventh century. Although some pieces of Graeco-Roman Gandharan sculpture were found at Takht-i-Bhai it appears that many more which originally adorned the monastery and stupas were looted. The site is otherwise in an excellent state of preservation probably because of it's inaccessible location.