Located in central Afghanistan in the Bamian province, monumental Buddha statues did not have an easy life.
The largest of the figures i’m carved into the rock by Buddhist monks in the 6th century AD and measured respectively 53 and 36 meters high.
Statues for centuries aimed at the next Muslim rulers ruling the areas of today’s Afghanistan, who wanted to do the religious prohibition of worshiping false idols and creating figural performances.
What the Great Mogul and the Shah of Persia failed to do, was done by the Taliban who directed artillery fire at the statues in March 2001.
Works of destruction were completed by explosives. The two largest statues were completely destroyed. Only empty niches remained in the mountain slope.
Destroying priceless relics for ideological reasons is a practice that has accompanied wars and conquests since time immemorial, and unfortunately, there is little that would change in the near future.
In 2015, the fate of Afghan Buddha statues was divided by the ruins of the ancient city of Palmyra located in war-torn Syria.