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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
Buddha of Bamiyan.jpg
The taller of the two Buddhas of Bamiyan
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Location Bamyan Province, 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 Edit this on Wikidata
Buddhas of Bamiyan is located in Afghanistan
Buddhas of Bamiyan
Location of Buddhas of Bamiyan

The Buddhas of Bamiyan (Persian: بت‌های باميان‎ – but 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.