Giant Buddha statue found in Afghanistan

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A 19-metre statue of a Buddha believed to date from the third century has recently been discovered in central Afghanistan close to the site of the famous Bamiyan Buddhas. Two other Buddhas carved into the mountainside at Bamiyan were destroyed by the Taleban in 2001. Archaeologists have recently begun work on a decade-long project to restore the largest of the original Buddhas.

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