Afghanistan Bamiyan valley

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Noel Jameel Abdullah on June 27, 2009

Interesting What is it? Man made or natural feature??

Elios Amati (tashime… on June 27, 2009

Assalam alaikum, Abdullah! From : WIKIPEDIA.History

Bamyan lies on the Silk Road, a caravan route linking the markets of China with those of Western Asia. Until the eleventh century AD, Bamyan was part of the kingdom of Gandhara. It was the site of several Buddhist monasteries, and a thriving center for religion, philosophy, and Indian art. It was a Buddhist religious site from the second century up to the time of the Islamic invasion in the ninth century.

Monks at the monasteries lived as hermits in small caves carved into the side of the Bamyan cliffs. Many of these monks embellished their caves with religious statuary and elaborate, brightly-colored frescoes.

The two most prominent statues were the giant, standing Buddhas Vairocana and Sakyamuni, identified by the different mudras performed, measuring 55 and 37 metres (180 and 121 feet) high respectively, the largest examples of standing Buddha carvings in the world. They were perhaps the most famous cultural landmarks of the region and the site was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site along with the surrounding cultural landscape and archaeological remains of the Bamyan Valley.

The smaller of the two statues was built in AD 507, the larger in 554.[4] The statues are believed to have been built by the Kushans, with the guidance of local Buddhist monks, at the heyday of their empire.

The Chinese Buddhist pilgrim Xuanzang passed through the area around AD 630 and described Bamyan as a flourishing Buddhist center "with more than ten monasteries and more than a thousand monks". He also noted that both Buddha figures were "decorated with gold and fine jewels" (Wriggins, 1995). Intriguingly, Xuan Zang mentions a third, even larger, reclining statue of the Buddha.... Greetings from Italy, Elios

林傑安(Enson) on August 18, 2011

Magnificent cultural heritages in the peaceful atmosphere.


►Berat Qevî Endam on August 24, 2011

Nice photo

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