Bamiyan Buddha rises again

For almost 1500 years, two monumental Buddha statues, erected in the Graeco-Buddhist Gandhara style, were overlooking the Bamiyan valley in Afghanistan
(from 507 AD (smaller) and 554 AD (larger) till 2001 AD to be precise).

Drawing of the Bamiyan Buddhas by Alexander Burnes in 1832

The Bamiyan Buddhas by Alexander Burnes in 1832 (Wikimedia)

In 2001, the whole world reacted with disgust when the Taliban used heavy explosives to destroy this beautiful world heritage site.

Since their destruction, there has been no international agreement whether they should be restored or not.

The Taller Buddha of Bamiyan in 1963 and 2008

The Taller Buddha of Bamiyan in 1963 and 2008 (Wikimedia)

Recenlty, two Chinese documentarians got permission from UNESCO and the Afghan authorities to use 3D-light-projection technology to resurrect the monumental larger Buddha.

This was the result in June 2015:

More info on this topic:

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/06/3d-buddhas-afghanistan/395576/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhas_of_Bamiyan

cc Zheela Nasari (twitter @ZheelaJ)

cc Zheela Nasari (twitter @ZheelaJ)

cc Zheela Nasari (twitter @ZheelaJ)

cc Zheela Nasari (twitter @ZheelaJ)

 

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