Buddhist Temple Karatepa is a complex also known as “Black hills”, was a Buddhist culture centre and now a popular place to visit in Uzbekistan Tours.
Situated in the North West part of Old Termez, Buddhist Temple Karatepa In Termez was built on three hills in 2nd Century AD. Famous as the oldest surviving Buddhist cave monastries, Karatepa Complex covers 8 hectares with a number of temples and monasteries. This temple is located in the border zone between Uzbekistan and Afghanistan. The Buddhist missionaries choose this place first as it goes under Bactrian region at that time.
Buddhist Temple Karatepa is not only interesting for the researchers of history and ancient architecture; it is also for the people who are interested to explore the history of religions in Uzbekistan Tours.
The architecture of Kara-Tepe Monastery is the combination of caves cutted in quaternary sandstone whereas, the surface buildings are made by unbaked bricks.
The tropical and ornamental paintings of stucco plaster can be seen in the interior of Buddhist Temple In Termez-Karatepa. The sculptures are made of loess and clay. The limestone and carved stuccos were widely used in the architecture of this temple. The interior of this complex was diversified by the varieties of cult statues, and the walls were decorated with frescos.
In the underground of Buddhist Temple Karatepa, there are fragments of Buddha statues and Bodhisattvas statues, dragons and of winged lion statuettes, wall paintings, and the oldest painting of Buddha surrounded by monks.
On the walls of the caves, there are lot of inscriptions by the people of different regions like Arabs, Persians, and Bactrians.