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Bamyan Province: Famous for its Buddhas; Now Famous for its Governor

March 9, 2011

Bamyan Province in Central Afghanistan was the site of an early Buddhist monastery from which Bamyan takes its name . Many statues of Buddha are carved into the sides of cliffs facing Bamyan city. The two most prominent of these statues were standing Buddhas, now known as the Buddhas of Bamyan measuring 55 and 37 meters high respectively, that were the largest examples of standing Buddha carvings in the world. They were probably erected in the 4th or 5th century A.D. They were cultural landmarks for many years and are listed among UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. In March 2001 the Taliban government decreed that the statues were idolatrous and ordered them to be demolished with anti-aircraft artillery and explosives. BBC News South Asia have a number of images of the site where they once stood and of the team dedicated to the possible reconstruction of the site; you can view these images by clicking on the image below.

Click on the image to take you to the BBC News South Asia pictures.

Bamyam Province is also famous for having Afghanistan’s first and only female governor. Dr Habibi Serabi became Governor of the Province in 2005 and you can view the NATO Channel video profile of her by clicking on the image below.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. I_love_Afghanistan permalink
    March 10, 2011 05:19

    Good article! I remember being ***horrified*** when the Taliban destroyed the Buddhas here. Such arrogance. Such an *incredibly backward, narrow-minded attitude*. Such ***selfishness and short-sightedness.***
    That action was also utterly hypocritical too. How would the Taliban feel if (say) the Kaaba were destroyed in similar fashion? Their whole attitude is “we will do whatever we like, but oh, don’t *you* dare do anything to what **we** hold sacred.” Pure hypocrisy.

    Oh well…. (I hope the mods allow this) – the Taliban will get their comeuppance in the afterlife, when they are punished not only for this vandalism, but for following a false leader (Mullah Omar), and for their hatred of education – education which is praised in the Quran.


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