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It is also called 'Vijayapuri' in ancient times is an important Buddhist site located 150 Kms from Hyderabad. Nagarjunasagar is named after the Buddhist saint Acharya Nagarjuna, one of the outstanding Buddhist teachers in the Andhra Kingdom. The relics of Buddhist civilization dating back to the 3rd Century A.D. that were excavated here are carefully preserved on the picturesque island Nagarjunakonda situated in the center of a man-made lake. Nagarjuna dam, which was completed in 1966, is 124 meters high and 1 km long, one of the largest masonry in the world. The lake, which it straddles, is the third largest manmade lake in the world. 4 Kms away from the dam, is the Viewpoint, where a panoramic view of the amazing landscape, is simply a feast to the eyes. On a pylon not too far from the dam, is the image of Nagarjuna, the patron of the ancient city. The Museum at Nagarjunakonda, which displays relics also has pre-historic finds in the form of tools from Paleolithic and Neolithic times.