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Province of Bamyan

 

 

Bamyan    بامیان

Capital Bamyan
Population 356,000
Area 14,175 Km˛
Time Zone UTC + 4:30
Main Languages Dari (Persian) Hazaragi

The Districts of Bamyan

District Area Population
Bamiyan n/a n/a
Kahmard n/a n/a
Panjab n/a n/a
Sayghan n/a n/a
Shibar n/a n/a
Waras n/a n/a
Yakawlang n/a n/a

Bamiyan Province (Persian: بامیان) is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan. It is in the centre of the country. Its capital is also called Bamiyan. Bamiyan is the largest town in the Hazarajat region of Afghanistan, and is the cultural capital of the Hazara ethnic group that predominates in the area.

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, Central and South Asia. Bamyan 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.

History
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, now known as the Buddhas of Bamiyan, measuring 55 and 37 meters high respectively, that were the largest examples of standing Buddha carvings in the world. 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.

 

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

 

Bamiyan is currently the base of operations for the New Zealand peace keeping force  , a Provincial Reconstruction Team codenamed Task Group Crib, which is part of the network of Provincial Reconstruction

 

 

 

Teams throughout Afghanistan It is recognised as one of the safest provinces in the country which has allowed for much concerntration on civil rebuilding

There are currently 122 New Zealand Defence Force personnel in Bamiyan. To date they have helped with reconstruction work including building bridges and schools as well as maintaining security in the region.

The New Zealand Police are also working in the region to help train the Afghan National Police (ANP). In July 2006 three Afghan women signed to join the ANP in Bamiyan, the first time women have joined a police force in Afghanistan.

 

Provinces of Afghanistan

Badakhshan » Badghis » Baghlan » Balkh » Bamyan » Daykundi » Farah » Faryab » Ghazni » Ghor » Helmand » Herat Jowzjan » Kabul » Kandahar » Kapisa » Khost » Konar » Kunduz » Laghman » Lowgar » Nangarhar » Nimruz » Nurestan Oruzgan » Paktia » Paktika » Panjshir » Parwan » Samangan » Sar-e-Pol » Takhar » Wardak » Zabul

 

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