The Buddhas of Bamyan were two monumental statues of standing Buddhas carved into the side of a cliff in the Bamyan valley of central Afghanistan. They were destroyed by the Taliban in 2001. Japan, Switzerland, and UNESCO, among others, have pledged support for the rebuilding of the statues.
Wikipedia - Buddhas of Bamyan
Encyclopedic entry on the two monumental statues of standing Buddhas carved into the side of a cliff in the Bamyan valley of central Afghanistan.
BBC - Talks Over Bamiyan Buddhas' Future
Article on plans to preserve the remains of the great Buddhas of Bamiyan, destroyed by the Afghan Taleban in 2001. (November 21, 2002)
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