Print 0659 c1: Famed Buddha of Bamian [Bamiyan] (center) overlooks beautiful valley which centuries ago was a Buddhist shrine with thousands of Buddhist priests in residence. It is 175 feet high, carved into face of a stone cliff about the time of Christ -- 19 centuries ago. Afghanistan. Priest 0659 c2: Famed stone Buddha of Bamiyan. It is 175 feet high, and was carved 19 centuries ago in the face of a conglomerate cliff. Bamiyan (just to the north of the Hindu Kush mountains) was for many centuries one of the most sacred shrines in the Buddhist world. It was partly destroyed by Moslem invaders in the 7th century and almost completely destroyed by Genghis Khan in the 13th century. Afghanistan.
Two large Buddhas and caves were carved into the cliffs on the north side of the Bamiyan Valley in the 4th and 5th centuries. Attempts to destroy them have taken place over centuries, most recently in 2001 by the then-ruling Taliban regime.