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Buddhas of Bamiyan
UNESCO World Heritage site
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Taller Buddha of Bamyan before 2001
Location Bamyan, Afghanistan
Part of Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamyan Valley
Criteria Cultural: i, ii, iii, iv, vi.
Reference 208-001
Inscription 2003 (27th Session)
Endangered 2003-present
Area 105 ha
Buffer zone 225.25 ha
Coordinates 34°49′55″N 67°49′36″E / 34.83194°N 67.82667°E / 34.83194; 67.82667

The Buddhas of Bamiyan (Persian: بت‌های باميانbut 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.

Taller Buddha of Bamiyan before and after destruction
Taller Buddha in 1963 and in 2008 after destruction
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Smaller Buddha in 1977



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