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After the statue was destroyed via dynamite.

After the statue was destroyed via dynamite.

Buddha Statue in Bamiyan, Afghanistan. In 2001 the Taliban used dynamite to destroy the statues.

Buddha Statue in Bamiyan, Afghanistan. In 2001 the Taliban used dynamite to destroy the statues.

This 1931 photo of one of the giant Buddha statues in Bamiyan, Afghanistan, was taken by Maynard Owen Williams who worked for National Geographic. The Taliban, known for religious intolerance, destroyed it and another one similar in size in March 2001.

This 1931 photo of one of the giant Buddha statues in Bamiyan, Afghanistan, was taken by Maynard Owen Williams who worked for National Geographic. The Taliban, known for religious intolerance, destroyed it and another one similar in size in March 2001.

Bamian  Photograph courtesy AFP/Getty Images    Incensed when in 2001 the Taliban government destroyed the two great statues, Afghan archaeologist Zemaryali Tarzi has since been searching for a third one, the buried Sleeping Buddha of Bamian, a reclining figure that ancient texts claim is a thousand feet long. He continues his search for the larger one, if only, he says, to "highlight the archaeological importance of a site many thought had been destroyed forever."

Bamian Photograph courtesy AFP/Getty Images Incensed when in 2001 the Taliban government destroyed the two great statues, Afghan archaeologist Zemaryali Tarzi has since been searching for a third one, the buried Sleeping Buddha of Bamian, a reclining figure that ancient texts claim is a thousand feet long. He continues his search for the larger one, if only, he says, to "highlight the archaeological importance of a site many thought had been destroyed forever."

Aukana Buddha Statue by Refreshigly Sri Lanka ...Wonder of Asia !!!, via Flickr

Aukana Buddha Statue by Refreshigly Sri Lanka ...Wonder of Asia !!!, via Flickr

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