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Buddha Cliffside | Bamiyan | Afghanistan | by Hadi Zaher
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Buddha Cliffside | Bamiyan | Afghanistan

The Buddhas of Bamiyan were two 6th-century monumental statues of standing buddha carved into the side of a cliff in the Bamyan valley in the Hazarajat region of central Afghanistan, 230 km northwest of Kabul at an altitude of 2,500 meters. Built in 6th century, the statues represented the classic blended style of Gandhara art that combined Eastern Buddhist art with G

 

The Bamiyan valley marked the most westerly point of Buddhist expansion and was a crucial hub of trade for much of the last millennium. It was a place where East met West and its archaeology reveals a blend of Greek, Turkish, Persian, Chinese and Indian influence that is found nowhere else in the world.

 

They were dynamited and destroyed in March 2001 by the Taliban, on orders from leader Mullah Mohammed Omar, after the Taliban government declared that they were idols.

  

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Taken on September 4, 2005