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The elements of Greek, Persian and Buddhist art exists here and when combined into this unique classical style it known as Greco-Buddhist art.
Measuring 55 and 37 meters high, they were considered as the largest standing Buddha carvings in the world.
In 12 of the caves, several wall and ceiling paintings were discovered.
In December 2004, Japanese researchers stated that the wall paintings at caves of Bamyan statues were painted between the fifth and the ninth centuries, rather than the sixth to eighth centuries.
In the beginning of September 2008 archeologists announced that they had discovered a 19-meter-long (62 ft) sleeping Buddha at the site of the destroyed Buddhas.
The pose is known to Buddhists as the scene where the Buddha passed into nirvana.