Bamyan in afghanistan predating european

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Since then the Spring Temple Buddha has been built in China, and at 128 m (420 ft) it is the tallest statue in the world.

Plans for the construction of the Spring Temple Buddha were announced soon after the blowing up of the Bamiyan Buddhas and China condemned the systematic destruction of the Buddhist heritage of Afghanistan.

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.

The smaller of the statues was built between 544 and 595, the larger was built between 591 and 644.

They are believed to have been built by the Kushans, with the guidance of local Buddhist monks, at the heyday of their empire.

This caused severe damage, but did not obliterate them.

During the destruction, Taliban Information Minister Qudratullah Jamal lamented that, "this work of destruction is not as simple as people might think.

Many of these monks embellished their caves with religious statuary and elaborate, brightly colored frescoes.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.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.

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