History Bamyan lies on the Silk Road, a caravan route linking the markets of China with those of Western Asia. E., Bamyan was part of the Indian kingdom of Gandhara.Note: Many of our articles have direct quotes from sources you can cite, within the Wikipedia article! Built in 507, the larger in 554 The main bodies were hewn directly from the sandstone cliffs, but details were modeled in mud mixed with straw, coated with stucco.The Buddhas of Bamyan were two monumental statues of standing Buddhas carved onto the side of a cliff in the Bamyan valley of central Afghanistan, situated 230 km (143 miles) northwest of Kabul at an altitude of 2500 meters (8,202 ft).Built during the sixth century, the statues represented the classic blended style of Indo-Greek art.The rows of holes that can be seen in photographs were spaces that held wooden pegs which served to stabilize the outer stucco.They were intentionally 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".
They were dynamited and destroyed in March 2001 by the Taliban, on orders from leader Mullah Mohammed Omar, An envoy visiting the United States in the following weeks explained that they were destroyed to protest international aid exclusively reserved for statue maintenance while Afghanistan was experiencing famine, while the Afghan Foreign Minister claimed that the destruction was merely about carrying out Islamic religious iconoclasm.
This international acknowledgment was celebrated throughout Latin America, where it was seen as a recognition of the region's literature as a whole.
Coordinates: 34°49′55.35″N 67°49′36.49″E / 34.8320417°N 67.8268028°E / 34.8320417; 67.8268028The Buddhas of Bamiyan (Persian: تندیسهای باميان – tandīs hāy-e Bāmiyān) were two monumental statues of standing buddhas carved into the side of a cliff in the Bamyan valley in the Hazarajat region of central Afghanistan, situated 230 km (143 miles) northwest of Kabul at an altitude of 2,500 meters (8,202 ft).
International opinion strongly condemned the destruction of the Buddhas, which in the following years was primarily viewed as an example of the extreme religious intolerance of the Taliban.
Japan and Switzerland, among others, have pledged support for the rebuilding of the statues.