Buddhas of Bamiyan
|UNESCO World Heritage Site|
|Part of||Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamyan Valley|
|Criteria||Cultural: i, ii, iii, iv, vi.|
|Inscription||2003 (27th Session)|
|Buffer zone||225.25 ha|
|Coordinates||34°49′55″N 67°49′36″E / 34.83194°N 67.82667°E|
The Buddhas of Bamiyan (Persian: بتهای باميان – but hay-e bamiyan) were two 6th century 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. Japan and Switzerland, among others, have said they would help rebuild the statues.
References[change | change source]
- ↑ Gall, Carlotta (2006-12-05). "Afghans consider rebuilding Bamiyan Buddhas". International Herald Tribune. Retrieved 2008-01-06.
- ↑ Bamiyan Valley
- ↑ Waduge, Shenali (2008-03-14). "Afghans destroy Buddhas, but cry foul over cartoons". The Nation. Retrieved 2008-04-29.