Traditional Vastu Shastra remains influential in India's architecture during the contemporary era.
The Indus Valley Civilization (3300 BCE - 1700 BCE) covered a large area around the Indus River basin and beyond.
Fortified cities with stūpas, viharas, and temples were constructed during the Maurya empire (c. Architectural creations of the Mauryan period, such as the city of Pataliputra, the Pillars of Ashoka, are outstanding in their achievements, and often compare favourably with the rest of the world at that time.
Commenting on Mauryan sculpture, John Marshall once wrote about the "extraordinary precision and accuracy which characterizes all Mauryan works, and which has never, we venture to say, been surpassed even by the finest workmanship on Athenian buildings".
The capital city of Pataliputra was an urban marvel described by the Greek ambassador Megasthenes.
Remains of monumental stone architecture with a strong Achaemenid and Greek influence can be seen through numerous artifacts recovered from Pataliputra, such as the Pataliputra capital.
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