Bamyan in afghanistan predating european

The destruction of the Bamyan Buddhas became a symbol of oppression and a rallying point for the freedom of religious expression.Despite the fact that most Afghans are now Muslim, they too had embraced their past and many were appalled by the destruction.

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Plans for the construction of the Spring Temple Buddha were announced soon after the blowing up of the Bamiyan Buddhas and China condemned the systematic destruction of the Buddhist heritage of Afghanistan.The smaller of the statues was built between 544 and 595, the larger was built between 591 and 644.They are believed to have been built by the Kushans, with the guidance of local Buddhist monks, at the heyday of their empire.The Buddhas of Bamiyan (Persian: بت های باميان‎ – but hay-e bamiyan) were two 6th century 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 (140 mi) northwest of Kabul at an altitude of 2,500 meters (8,202 ft).Built in 507 AD, the larger in 554 AD, the statues represented the classic blended style of Gandhara art.

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