When Mahmud of Ghazni conquered Afghanistan in the 12th century, the Buddhas and frescoes were spared from destruction. Still, over the years Muslim iconoclasts hacked away at some of the statues' details, mostly the facial features and hands. Aurangzeb, the last Mughal emperor distinguished for his religious zeal, employed heavy artillery in an attempt to destroy the statues. Genghis Khan and Nadir Shah too had cannon fire directed at the statues. But over the centuries the statues had largely been left untouched. In July 1999, Mullah Mohammed Omar issued a decree in favor of the preservation of the Bamiyan Buddhas. СМОТРЕТЬ ТУТ
Buddhas of Bamyan (Wikipedia) ВИКИПЕДИЯ "for unrestricted use", see: СМОТРЕТЬ Date photographed: 1963; uploaded: 6 February 2008(2008-02-06) (first version); 10 September 2004(2004-09-10) (last version).
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