Taliban first broke the ancient statues of Buddha, now asking for 5 dollars to show that place

The Taliban vandalized the ancient statues of the Bamiyan Buddha

Taliban first broke the ancient statues of Buddha, now asking for 5 dollars to show that place
Taliban vandalized the ancient statues of the Bamiyan Buddha

The Taliban first vandalized the ancient statues of the Bamiyan Buddha and is now welcoming tourists to visit the site. The Bamiyan Buddha was carved from a rock in the Bamyan valley of central Afghanistan in the 6th century AD. This idol stood about 180 feet tall for 1400 years. The Taliban blew them up with heavy explosives in 2001.

the small Buddha statue measuring 38 meters (125 ft) was built around AD 570. At the same time, the big statue which is 55 meters (180 ft) high was built around 618 AD.

The place was a Buddhist pilgrimage site along the Silk Road, an ancient trade route between China and Europe. Now that the Taliban have taken back control, the place has been opened to the public.

According to an article by NBC News published last week, interested travelers can pay the Taliban guard the equivalent of $5 at the ticket counter and view the empty holes where Buddha statues previously stood. According to NBC, an Afghan visitor came not to mourn the loss of the monuments, but to celebrate their demolition.

He said, “These were destroyed when I was young. Ever since then it has been a dream to see what happened here. I am glad it got destroyed. I am really here to see the ruins,” he said. said.

The Taliban faced international pressure to preserve the statues when they revealed their plans to demolish them in 2001. However, the extremists used large explosives to destroy the monuments, claiming they were un-Islamic.

Despite barbaric crackdowns in some areas, the Taliban have attempted to show the world a more liberal face since re-asserting control of the nation a few months ago.