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Encyclopedia > Bamiyan province
Map showing Bamiyan province in Afghanistan

Bamiyan is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan. It is in the centre of the country. Its capital city is also called Bamiyan. Bamiyan city is the largest city in the Hazarajat region of Afghanistan, and is the cultural capital of the Hazara ethnic group that predominates in the area. Image File history File links Afghanistan-Bamiyan. ... Afghanistan consists of 34 provinces, or velayat: Map showing provinces of Afghanistan Badakhshan Province Badghis Province Baghlan Province Balkh Province Bamiyan Province Daikondi Province - northern part of Oruzgan Province - established March 28, 2004 Farah Province Faryab Province Ghazni Province Ghowr Province Helmand Province Herat Province Jowzjan Province Kabul Province Kandahar... Hazarajat is a mountainous region in central Afghanistan, home to the Hazara ethnic group. ... The Hazara ethnic group resides mainly in the central Afghanistan mountain region called Hazarajat. They make up anywhere between 9-20% of Afghanistans population, but an accurate census has not been taken in decades so there is little information to verify at present. ...


In antiquity, central Afghanistan was strategically placed to thrive from the Silk Road caravans which criss-crossed the region trading between the Roman Empire, China and India. Bamiyan was a stopping off point for many travellers. It was here where elements of Greek, Persian and Buddhist art were combined into a unique classical style, known as Greco-Buddhist art. These exchanges were significant not only for the development and flowering of the great civilizations of Ancient Egypt, China, India and Rome but also helped to laid the foundations of our modern world. ... Greco-Buddhism, sometimes spelled Græco-Buddhism, is the cultural syncretism between the culture of Classical Greece and Buddhism, which developed over a period of close to 800 years in Central Asia in the area corresponding to modern-day Afghanistan and Pakistan, between the 4th century BCE and the 5th century...


Bamiyan was the site of an early Buddhist monastery. Many statues of Buddha are carved into the sides of cliffs facing Bamiyan city. The two most prominent of these statues were standing Buddhas, measuring 55 and 37 meters high respectively, that were the largest examples of standing Buddha carvings in the world (see also:[1]). They were probably erected in the 4th or 5th century C.E. They were cultural landmarks for many years and are listed among UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. In March 2001 the Taliban government decreed that the statues were idolatrous and ordered them to be demolished with anti-aircraft artillery and explosives. A replica of an ancient statue found among the ruins of a temple at Sarnath Buddhism is a philosophy based on the teachings of the Buddha, Siddhārtha Gautama, a prince of the Shakyas, whose lifetime is traditionally given as 566 to 486 BCE. It had subsequently been accepted by... One of the Buddhas of Bamiyan before destruction, Afghanistan The Buddhas of Bamiyan were two monumental statues of standing Buddhas carved into the side of a cliff in the Bamiyan valley of central Afghanistan, situated 230 km northwest of Kabul at an altitude of 2500 meters. ... UNESCO logo The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, commonly known as UNESCO, is a specialized agency of the United Nations system established in 1945. ... Elabana Falls is in Lamington National Park, part of the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves World Heritage site in Queensland, Australia. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... Flag flown by the Taliban. ... Historically, artillery refers to any engine used for the discharge of projectiles during war. ... This article is concerned solely with chemical explosives. ...


Bamiyan is also known for its natural beauty. The Band-i-Amir lakes in western Bamiyan province continue to be a tourist destination for Afghans.


Politics

The current governor of the province is Habiba Sarabi, Afghanistan's first female governor. She was appointed in 2005. A governor is also a device that regulates the speed of a machine. ... Dr. Habiba Sarabi (born 1956) is a hematologist, politician, and reformer of the post-Taliban reconstruction in Afghanistan. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...



Provinces of Afghanistan Flag of Afghanistan
Badakhshan | Badghis | Baghlan | Balkh | Bamiyan | Daikondi | Farah | Faryab | Ghazni | Ghowr | Helmand | Herat | Jowzjan | Kabul | Kandahar | Kapisa | Khost | Kunar | Kunduz | Laghman | Lowgar | Nangarhar | Nimruz | Nurestan | Oruzgan | Paktia | Paktika | Panjshir | Parvan | Samangan | Sar-e Pol | Takhar | Vardak | Zabul

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Bamiyan Province - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (291 words)
Bamiyan is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan.
Bamiyan city is the largest city in the Hazarajat region of Afghanistan, and is the cultural capital of the Hazara ethnic group that predominates in the area.
The Band-i-Amir lakes in western Bamiyan province continue to be a tourist destination for Afghans.
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