PHOTOS: Searching for Afghanistan's Third Giant Buddha

PHOTOS: Searching for Afghanistan's Third Giant Buddha
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The feet are all that's left of half a dozen standing Buddhist statues in Bamiyan's Eastern Monastery, excavated by archaeologist Zemaryalai Tarzi.

In 2008, Tarzi and his team uncovered a 62-foot (19-meter) reclining Buddha--much smaller than the 1,000-foot (300-meter) Sleeping Buddha he's determined to find, but still a tantalizing hint of what may await if his quest succeeds.

He's basing his search on a detailed account by a seventh-century Chinese pilgrim who visited the region.
—Photograph courtesy Zemaryalai Tarzi
 
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