Bamyan in afghanistan predating european
You can't knock down the statues by shelling as both are carved into a cliff; they are firmly attached to the mountain." Later, the Taliban placed anti-tank mines at the bottom of the niches, so that when fragments of rock broke off from artillery fire, the statues would receive additional destruction from particles that set off the mines.
In the end, the Taliban lowered men down the cliff face and placed explosives into holes in the Buddhas.
The statues were destroyed by dynamite over several weeks, starting on March 2, 2001, carried out in stages.
Initially, the statues were fired at for several days using anti-aircraft guns and artillery.
It was the site of several Buddhist monasteries, and a thriving center for religion, philosophy, and Indian art.
He also noted that both Buddha figures were "decorated with gold and fine jewels" (Wriggins, 1995).
Intriguingly, Xuanzang mentions a third, even larger, reclining statue of the Buddha.
A monumental seated Buddha, similar in style to those at Bamiyan, still exists in the Bingling Temple caves in China's Gansu province.
The enormous statues, the male Salsal ("light shines through the universe") and the (smaller) female Shamama ("Queen Mother"), as they were called by the locals, did not fail to fire the imagination of Islamic writers in centuries past.
The larger statue reappears as the malevolent giant Salsal in medieval Turkish tales.
The photojournalist David Adams filmed the buddhas prior to their destruction for an episode of Journeys to the Ends of the Earth, a travel series for the Discovery Channel.