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The two most prominent statues were the giant standing Buddhas Vairocana and Sakyamuni, identified by the different mudras performed, measuring 55 and 37 metres (180 and 121 feet) high respectively, the largest examples of standing Buddha carvings in the world. The smaller of the statues was built in 507, the larger in 554.

Intriguingly, Xuanzang mentions a third, even larger, reclining statue of the Buddha.

A monumental seated Buddha, similar in style to those at Bamyan, still exists in the Bingling Temple caves in China’s Gansu province.

The Chinese Buddhist pilgrim Xuanzang passed through the area around 630 and described Bamyan as a flourishing Buddhist center “with more than ten monasteries and more than a thousand monks”.

He also noted that both Buddha figures were “decorated with gold and fine jewels” (Wriggins, 1995).

The destruction of the Bamyan Buddhas became a symbol of oppression and a rallying point for the freedom of religious expression.

Despite the fact that most Afghans are now Muslim, they too had embraced their past and many were appalled by the destruction.

as they were called by the locals, did not fail to fire the imagination of Islamic writers in centuries past.