Brihad Buddha, Bamiyan, Afganhistan the Buddhas of Bamiyan

The empty niche of the Brihad Buddha. The Brihad Buddha and a second massive Buddha were destroyed in March 2001 by the ruling Taliban regime. Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar, in ordering the destruction of the statues, declared that "these idols have been gods of the infidels." Photo: AFP Photo/Saeed Khan.