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Why is the Bamiyan Valley a world heritage site?

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July 28, 2014 4:39PM

The Bamiyan Valley is a World Heritage Site under criteria i, ii, iii, iv and vi. The Buddha statues and cave art in the valley are a great representation of the Gandharan school in Buddhist art in the Central Asian region. It was an important center on the silk road and are a testimony to the interchange of Roman, Hellenistic, Indian and Sasanian influences on artistic expression of the Gandharan school. It bears exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition in the central asian region which has disappeared. It is also an example of a cultural landscape which represents a significant period in Buddhism.