Bamiyan Buddhas return to life

The 3D projection marks 20 years since the statues were destroyed by the Taliban in March 2001.

The majestic Buddhas of Bamiyan made a monumental return today in 3D with laser light technology projected over where it used to stand.  The event called “A Night with Buddha” was organised to mark 20 years since the cultural heritage was lost forever when the Taliban destroyed them in March 2001.

The ancient statues were carved into the sandstone cliffs of Afghanistan’s Bamiyan Valley in the 6th and 7th Centuries AD when Buddhism was the region’s dominant religion.  The higher Salsal Buddha stood at 56m in height and represented a later evolution of the classic blended style of Gandhara art.

The co-organiser of the event, Zahra Hussaini, said “we do not want people to forget what a horrific crime was committed here.”  VIEW the pictures of this marvellous event published by the BBC at