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Photojournalist David Adams filmed the Buddhas prior to their destruction for an episode of Journeys to the Ends of the Earth, a travel series for the Discovery Channel.Bamiyan lies on the Silk Road, which runs through the Hindu Kush mountain region, in the Bamiyan Valley.The two most prominent statues were the giant standing Buddhas Vairocana and Sakyamuni, identified by the different mudras performed, measuring 55 and 37 metres (180 and 121 feet) high respectively.Before being blown up in 2001 they were the largest examples of standing Buddha carvings in the world (the 8th century Leshan Giant Buddha is taller, but the statue is sitting).The Buddhas of Bamiyan (Pashto: د بامیان بوتان - "de bámiyán botán", Persian: بت های باميان‎ – but hay-e bamiyan) were two 6th century[1] monumental statues of standing buddha carved into the side of a cliff in the Bamyan valley in the Hazarajat region of central Afghanistan, situated 230 km (140 mi) northwest of Kabul at an altitude of 2,500 meters (8,202 ft).Built in 507 CE, the larger in 554 CE, the statues represented the classic blended style of Gandhara art.

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It was the site of several Buddhist monasteries, and a thriving center for religion, philosophy, and art.It was a Buddhist religious site from the 2nd century up to the time of the Islamic invasion in the later half of the 7th century.