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The Silk Road has been historically a caravan route linking the markets of China with those of the Western world.It was the site of several Buddhist monasteries, and a thriving center for religion, philosophy, and art.
In March 2001, the statues were destroyed by the Taliban of Mullah Omar following a decree issued by him.
Plans for the construction of the Spring Temple Buddha were announced soon after the blowing up of the Bamiyan Buddhas and China condemned the systematic destruction of the Buddhist heritage of Afghanistan.
It is believed that the monumental Buddha sculptures were carved into the cliffs of Bamiyan between the 3rd to 6th centuries AD, while the cave complex in the east, including the 38 meter Buddha, a stupa was built in the 3rd or 4th centuries AD The 55 meter Buddha is believed to date from the 5th and 6th centuries AD.
It is believed that the upper parts of their faces were made from great wooden masks or casts.
Rows of holes that can be seen in photographs were spaces that held wooden pegs that stabilized the outer stucco.The Taliban supreme leader Mullah Omar explained why he ordered the statues to be destroyed in an interview: I did not want to destroy the Bamiyan Buddha. Had they come for humanitarian work, I would have never ordered the Buddha's destruction.