BAMYAN BUDDHAS - AGHANISTAN
The Bamian valley, Afghanistan, showing the ancient caves of the Kushan Dynasty, the main town, located in central Afghanistan. It lies northwest of Kabul, the nation's capital, in the Bamian valley at an elevation of 2,590 meters. Two great statues of Buddha there date from this period; the larger is 53 m high and the smaller is 120 feet. These statues are carved from the living rock and are finished with fine plaster. The two Buddha figures, together with numerous ancient man-made caves in the cliffs north of the town, have made Bamian a major Afghan archaeological site. The Taliban rulers ordered on Monday, February 26, 2001, destruction of all statues which are 'insulting' to Islam.