Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley, Bamyan

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Enclosed by Hindu Kush at 2,500 m (8,200 ft), Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley once hosted huge statues of Buddha carved in a cliff, and now forms part of a World Heritage Site preserving Buddhist heritage along the Silk Road. Some 264 km (164 mi) west of Kabul, the giant Bamiyan Buddha statues--which stood 53 m (175 ft), 55 m (180 ft), and 37 m (121 ft) high respectively--were sadly destroyed, with only a barrel vault made of baked bricks from the sixth and seventh centuries remaining. With the Bamiyan River flowing through the valley, this cultural landscape houses artifacts dating from the first to the 13th centuries. Spanning 342 ha (845 ac), the area features numerous Buddhist monastic sanctuaries. To visit Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley on your holiday in Bamyan, and find out what else Bamyan has to offer, use our Bamyan.
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  • One of the best experiences I've had. It has it all. Beauty, amazing people, tranquility..... Should be on everyone's list of places to go in your lifetime. 
    One of the best experiences I've had. It has it all. Beauty, amazing people, tranquility..... Should be on everyone's list of places to go in your lifetime.  more »
  • Sad to see how how man can destroy what must have been very beautiful indeed if it was thought to be such a grave danger to ‘someone’s’ ill placed ideals. However it is still such a moving place to.....  more
    Sad to see how how man can destroy what must have been very beautiful indeed if it was thought to be such a grave danger to ‘someone’s’ ill placed ideals. However it is still such a moving place to.....  more »
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  • The cultural landscape and archaeological remains of the Bamiyan Valley represent the artistic and religious developments which from the 1st to the 13th centuries characterized ancient Bakhtria, integrating various cultural influences into the Gandhara school of Buddhist art. The area contains numerous Buddhist monastic ensembles and sanctuaries, as well as fortified edifices from the Islamic period. The site is also testimony to the tragic destruction by the Taliban of the two standing Buddha statues, which shook the world in March 2001
  • The cultural landscape and archaeological remains of the Bamiyan Valley represent the artistic and religious developments which from the 1st to the 13th centuries characterized ancient Bakhtria, integrating various cultural influences into the Gandhara school of Buddhist art. The area contains numerous Buddhist monastic ensembles and sanctuaries, as well as fortified edifices from the Islamic period. The site is also testimony to the tragic destruction by the Taliban of the two standing Buddha statues, which shook the world in March 2001.

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