365 Days of Art: April 30 – Chinese Pilgrim Describes Now-Destroyed Bamiyan Buddhas

Bamiyna Buddha (now destroyed)

April 30, 630

A Chinese Buddhist pilgrim by the name of Xuanzang visits the Bamiynan Buddhas and notes that the area contains “more than ten monasteries and more than a thousand monks”. He also noted that the two giant Buddha statues were “decorated with gold and fine jewels”.

You can read more about the destruction of the Buddhas by the Taliban here, and the subsequent discovery of caves and cave paintings behind them here.