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Until the 11th century, Bamiyan was part of the kingdom of Gandhara.
It was the site of several Buddhist monasteries, and a thriving center for religion, philosophy, and Indian art.
They are believed to have been built by the Kushans, with the guidance of local Buddhist monks, at the heyday of their empire.
The larger figure was also said to portray Dīpankara Buddha.
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.
The smaller of the statues was built between 544 and 595, the larger was built between 591 and 644.
They were intentionally dynamited and destroyed in March 2001 by the Taliban, on orders from leader Mullah Mohammed Omar, after the Taliban government declared that they were "idols".
They were perhaps the most famous cultural landmarks of the region, and the site was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site along with the surrounding cultural landscape and archaeological remains of the Bamiyan Valley.
The Chinese Buddhist pilgrim Xuanzang passed through the area around 630, and described Bamiyan in the Da Tang Xiyu Ji as a flourishing Buddhist center "with more than ten monasteries and more than a thousand monks".
It was a Buddhist religious site from the 2nd century up to the time of the Islamic invasion in the 9th century.
Monks at the monasteries lived as hermits in small caves carved into the side of the Bamiyan cliffs.