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Friday, May 4, 2012

Afghanistan: Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley

"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."
Source: UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites

Postcard # 1:
The Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley in Afghanistan  really became World-renowned when the news of their destruction by Taliban Government spread around the globe in 2001. Talibans destructed two large Buddha Statues in Bamiyan Valley. Although they were some of the largest Buddha statues in the World, yet the archaeological site is not just restricted to those two statues. There are numerous other statues, monasteries and sanctuaries in the area.
Interestingly, I found this beautiful postcard in one of the postcard shops in Pakistan. Bamiyan Valley is one of the 35 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Danger.
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