Archaeological Museum, Varanasi

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See the famous four-lions pillar of Ashoka featured on Indian flag at Archaeological Museum, the oldest site museum in the country. Established in 1910, the museum houses the findings and excavations at the Sarnath archeological site. Five galleries and two verandahs feature nearly 7,000 sculptures and artifacts with a particularly good collection of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas images. In addition to the 2,260 years old sandstone pillar, you can admire a seated 5th century seated Buddha, cross-legged with a halo, or a life-size image of a standing Bodhisattva with a lotus. Explore the open-air section of pillar bases and sculptures set in well-maintained gardens. Plan my trip to Varanasi with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.
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  • the highlight of the museum are the huge statues of the Buddha, various achitectural finds and of course the piece de art - the pillar/ lion of sarnath ..amazing sculpture  more »
  • This museum is basically dedicated to displaying statues and other objects recovered from the adjacent archaeological site where Buddha last preached. There's a very nice statue of Buddha in the...  more »
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  • Lovely place with ancient observatory,only three of it's Kind in the entire world
  • This is very ancient place providing well education in Sanskrit.
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