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2011-03-02 10:35:00

NEW YORK, March 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Get content from NATO TV at: http://www.thenewsmarket.com/Releases/StoryDetailPage.aspx?GUID=6437fd41-baef-4f17-8f1a-875637cb7158 On the tenth anniversary of the Taliban's destruction of the Bamyan Buddhas, it will be decided whether to go ahead and reconstruct the famous statues. The people of Bamyan tell us what they want to happen to this symbol of their history and identity. Available video includes general views and a narrated package. An...

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2011-02-27 07:21:00

TUM conservators research the ruins of the statues and offer an outlook on the prospect of restoration The world watched in horror as Taliban fanatics ten years ago blew up the two gigantic Buddha statues that had since the 6th century looked out over the Bamiyan Valley in what is now Afghanistan. Located on the Silk Road, until the 10th century the 55 and 38 meter tall works of art formed the centerpiece of one of the world's largest Buddhist monastic complexes. Thousands of monks tended...

2008-04-24 07:10:51

Oil paintings have been found in caves behind the two ancient colossal Buddha statues destroyed in 2001 by the Taliban, suggesting that Asians - not Europeans - were the first to invent oil painting. Many people worldwide were in shock when the Taliban destroyed the Buddha statues in the Afghan region of Bamiyan. Behind those statues are caves decorated with paintings from the fifth to ninth centuries. New experiments performed at the European Synchrotron Radiation...

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2008-04-22 07:30:00

The world was in shock when in 2001 the Talibans destroyed two ancient colossal Buddha statues in the Afghan region of Bamiyan. Behind those statues, there are caves decorated with precious paintings from 5th to 9th century A.D. The caves also suffered from Taliban destruction, as well as from a severe natural environment, but today they have become the source of a major discovery. Scientists have proved, thanks to experiments performed at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF),...

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2005-08-08 15:40:00

LOS ANGELES -- When the former Taliban regime in Afghanistan destroyed two 1,600-year-old Buddha statues lining Bamiyan Valley's soaring cliffs, the world shook with shock at the demise of such huge archaeological treasures. Now, artist Hiro Yamagata plans to commemorate the towering Buddhas by projecting multicolored laser images onto the clay cliffsides where the figures once stood. "I'm doing a fine art piece. That's my purpose - not for human rights, or for supporting religion or a...


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