The two largest Buddhas faced dynamite and tank barrages and were demolished after almost a month of intensive bombardment.
On March 6, 2001 The Times quoted Mullah Mohammed Omar as stating, "Muslims should be proud of smashing idols.
They were intentionally dynamited and destroyed in 2001 by the Taliban, on orders from leader Mullah Mohammed Omar, after the Taliban government declared that they were "idols" (which are forbidden under Sharia law).
Japan and Switzerland, among others, have pledged support for the rebuilding of the statues., Bamyan was part of the Indian kingdom of Gandhara.
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates would later condemn the destruction.
The statues were destroyed by dynamite over several weeks, starting in early March 2001, carried out in different stages.
for serving the Iranian diaspora with a small donation. ❤ Maria Afsharian Real Estate ❤ Iranian ❤ Aftab Committee ❤ CAMA ❤ Feridon Rashidi ❤ Dr.
Top Topic: A community forum that returns value to those who create value.When Mahmud of Ghazni (971-1030 ) conquered Afghanistan and part of west India in the eleventh century, the Buddhas and frescoes were spared from destruction though Buddhist monasteries and other artifacts were looted or destroyed.Mohammed Nadir Shah (1880-1933 ) fired cannon at the statues.The two most prominent statues were the giant, standing Buddhas, measuring 55 and 37 metres (180 and 121 feet) high respectively, the largest examples of standing Buddha carvings in the world.They were perhaps the most famous cultural landmarks of the region and the site was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site along with the surrounding cultural landscape and archaeological remains of the Bamyan Valley.The Taliban soon banned all forms of imagery, music and sports, including television, in accordance with what they considered a strict interpretation of Islamic law.