Ajanta Caves



CountryIndia
UNESCO RegionAsia and the Pacific
LocationMaharashtra State, Aurangabad District , Soyagon Taluka, Lenapur Village
CoordinatesN20 33 11.988 E75 42 0
Inscription Date1983
Property (ha)8,242
Buffer Zone (ha)78,676
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo represent a masterpiece of human creative genius
CriteriaTo exhibit an important interchange of human values - over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world - on developments in architecture or technology; monumental arts; town-planning or landscape design
CriteriaTo bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared
CriteriaTo be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions; with ideas; or with beliefs; with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance
All ThreatsManagement activities
Unesco Reference Number242
URLhttp://whc.unesco.org/en/list/242
State of Conservation Reporthttp://whc.unesco.org/en/soc/?action=list&id_site=242
DescriptionThe 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.
StatusWorld Heritage Site