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Somapura Mahavihara *
View of the central shrine
Country  Bangladesh
Type Cultural
Criteria i, ii, iv
Reference 322
Region ** Asia-Pacific
Coordinates 25°01′52″N 88°58′38″E / 25.031095°N 88.977284°E / 25.031095; 88.977284
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  • Name as inscribed on World Heritage List
    ** Region as classified by UNESCO

Somapura Mahavihara (Sanskrit; Bengali: সোমপুর মহাবিহার Shompur Môhabihar) in Paharpur, Badalgachhi Upazila, Naogaon District, Bangladesh is among the best known Buddhist viharas in the Indian subcontinent. It is one of the most important archaeological sites in the country. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985.

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