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Since then, the statues had remained largely untouched.
In July 1999, Mullah Mohammed Omar issued a decree in favor of the preservation of the Bamyan Buddha’s statue.
It was the site of several Buddhist monasteries, and a thriving center for religion, philosophy, and Indian art.
It was a Buddhist religious site from the 2nd century up to the time of the Islamic invasion in the 9th century.
Japan and Switzerland, among others, have pledged support for the rebuilding of the statues.
Many of these monks embellished their caves with religious statuary and elaborate, brightly-colored frescoes. 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 Bamyan Valley.The destruction of the Bamyan Buddhas became a symbol of oppression and a rallying point for the freedom of religious expression.Despite the fact that most Afghans are now Muslim, they too had embraced their past and many were appalled by the destruction.Therefore he looted Buddhist monasteries and stole other important artifacts.Nader Shah fired cannons at the statues, but it was beyond his capabilities to destroy them.