25 Jun '15, 12pm
VIDEO: Destroyed Buddha statues in Afghanistan stand again thanks to holograms
Afghanistan is known as the graveyard of empires. In the “Great Game” of the 19th century, the competing British and Russian Empires tried and failed to conquer Afghanistan. The Soviet Union also failed in the late 20th century, while the United States is still struggling to withdraw from its Afghan quagmire that has become the longest war in American history. The Buddhas of Bamiyan are just one casualty of this long history of violence. Built in the 6th century, the 120 – 180 feet statues were carved into a cliff, at an altitude of 8,202 ft, in Bamiyan Valley of the Hazarajat region, 143 miles northwest of Kabul. In March 2001, the Taliban destroyed the statues, attacking them first with artillery, then using explosives to finish the job.