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Once an enormous statue of Buddha built into the cliffs; destroyed by Taliban in 2001. Bamiyan, Afghanistan

Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley, Afghanistan - a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Lamayuru, Ladakh A. H. Francke states that, "according to popular tradition," it was originally the foremost Bonpo monastery in Ladakh and was called gYung-drung Monastery

Afghanistan by United Nations Photo on Flickr.

Bamyan, red mountains

I’m so close to you that I’m far apart,So completely merged that I’m separate,So vastly exposed that I’m concealed,So whole and sound that I’ll never be healed. -Rumi

The Shrine of Hazrat Ali aka Blue Mosque in Mazār-e Sharīf, Afghanistan.

c-u-l-t-u-r-e-s: Just can’t blindly watch anymore… in Afghanistan… by Island-Life on Flickr.

Afghanistan. What does he think of the U.S.? It does not matter. many Americans feel the same way right now with our congress.

'Afghanistan' - Photo by Roland Michaud - Collection 'Rêves et réalités' - Hachette - 1970

Afghanistan has never had especially developed agriculture. Because of the harsh climatic conditions and shortage of land, peasants could barely feed only themselves.

This young girl stands by an old stone arch and watches curiously as the tourists inspect the ancient structure. Her red dress sparkles with the light that has filtered through the trees.