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Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley *
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The taller of the two Buddhas of Bamiyan in 1976
Country Afghanistan
Type Cultural
Criteria i, ii, iii, iv, vi.
Reference 208
Region ** Asia-Pacific
Inscription history
Inscription 2003 (Twenty seventh Session)
Endangered 2003–present

The Buddhas of Bamiyan (Persian: بت های 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
BamyanBuddha Smaller 1
Smaller Buddha in 1977

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