Bamiyan Buddha Where Genghis Khan had not succeeded in fully destroying the statue during his 13th century siege of the valley, the Taliban finished the job 8 centuries later, taking something from Afghanistan that could never be returned, leaving nothing but an empty shell. bamyan_buddha_before_after_taliban_attack (1)
The greatest atteaction in Minas is this amazing statue of General José Artigas on his horse. It is just east of town, up on Cerro Artigas, overlooking the town. It is huge. It was the largest horse statue in the world until a massive statue of Genghis Khan was completed in Mongolia in 2009. I left the tiny person in the lower left corner for perspective. It is 18 meters tall and 9 meters long. It is quite incredible and so beautifully made. Even the horse looks like it is crying.