Bāmiyān Province. A southern
branch of the main Bāmiyān Valley, 3 km southeast
Sasanian, 6th-7th (Stylistic);
Turk and/or pre-Mongol Islamic, 9th-13th C. (Architectural).
large niche cut into the cliff face containing a 7 m statue
of standing Buddha. It is surrounded by approximately 100
caves, including a sanctuary that contained Sasanian style
paintings in near perfect condition. There are also a number
of later mud fortifications at and around the caves defending
Ball, W. Archaeological Gazetteer
of Afghanistan, Paris, 1982, p. 141
statue also blown by the Taliban in 2001.