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Buddhas of Bamiyan

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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

Buddhas of Bamiyan
Afghanistan Statua di Budda 1.jpg
The taller of the two Buddhas of Bamiyan in 1976
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Location Bamyan, Afghanistan Edit this at Wikidata
Coordinates 34°49′55″N 67°49′36″E / 34.832041666667°N 67.826802777778°E / 34.832041666667; 67.826802777778
Reference 208-001
Inscription (Unknown Session)
Endangered 2003–
Buddhas of Bamiyan is located in Afghanistan
Buddhas of Bamiyan
Location of Buddhas of Bamiyan

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

References[change | change source]

  1. Gall, Carlotta (2006-12-05). "Afghans consider rebuilding Bamiyan Buddhas". International Herald Tribune. Retrieved 2008-01-06. 
  2. Bamiyan Valley
  3. Waduge, Shenali (2008-03-14). "Afghans destroy Buddhas, but cry foul over cartoons". The Nation. Retrieved 2008-04-29.