known Mauryan monuments are the Ashokan pillars, erected by King Ashoka.
Shown below, only a dozen or so of these magnificent monuments remain intact
The Ashokan pillars were carved
with Ashoka's edicts and were topped with a sculpture, one of which is
Also well known is Chandragupta's palace
at Pataliputra, the Mauryan capital. Chandragupta was the founder
of the Mauryan empire, and was famous for sleeping in a different room of
said palace in order to thwart assassins. Chandragupta also instated
a municipal committee for the upkeep of public works.
Two sandstone statues dating back to the Mauryan empire were recently
discovered in India. One depicts Ashoka standing alone and bearing
an inscription: the first of its kind to be discovered. The inscription
reads "The statue was unveiled by the auspicious hands of Ashoka. The
second statue is a sculpture of Ashoka with his two wives, and bears a simple
inscription reading "The King Ashoka."
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