Buddhas of Bamiyan

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Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley *
Afghanistan Statua di Budda 1.jpg
The taller of the two Buddhas of Bamiyan in 1976
Country Afghanistan
Type Cultural
Criteria i, ii, iii, iv, vi.
Reference 208
Region ** Asia-Pacific
Inscription history
Inscription 2003 (Twenty seventh Session)
Endangered 2003–present

The Buddhas of Bamiyan (Persian: بت های باميانbut hay-e bamiyan) were two 6th century[1] monumental statues of standing Buddhas carved into the side of a cliff. They are in the Bamyan valley in the Hazarajat region of central Afghanistan.

They were dynamited and destroyed in March 2001 by the Taliban[2]. Japan and Switzerland, among others, have said they would help rebuild the statues.[3]

Taller Buddha in 1963 and in 2008 after destruction
Smaller Buddha in 1977

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Coordinates: 34°49′55.35″N 67°49′36.49″E / 34.8320417°N 67.8268028°E / 34.8320417; 67.8268028

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