Bamyan Cultural Centre

The construction work of Bamyan Cultural Centre will begin in the near future, almost 13 months after an Argentina-based team was selected for the design of the cultural centre.

Provincial governor Mohammad Tahir Zahir said the construction will begin in the next Afghan calendar year which will be implemented in two phases.

The first phase will include ground work involving pavement and excavation which has already been announced for tender and will run until 28th March.

The second phase of the project will include the main construction work and the tender for the project will be announced on 25th March.

According to the provincial government officials, the construction work of the cultural centre will cost around $5.4 million and will be built with the financial support of South Korea.

An Argentina-based team was selected out of 1,070 design entries from 117 countries for the design of Bamiyan Cultural Centre and the winning proposal was announced by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in collabortion with the Ministry of Information and Culture of Afghanistan last year.

The winning team is led by Carlos Nahuel Recabarren alongside Manuel Alberto Martínez Catalán and Franco Morero.

In a bid to support the project, the Ministry of Information and Culture and the Bamiyan Municipality has given UNESCO the most prominent site overlooking the Buddha Cliffs.

Bamiyan Buddhas were destroyed by Taliban group back in 2001 in three weeks period which sparked global objection.
Taliban group tried to destroy the Buddhas by firing artillery rounds towards the Buddhas but later used explosives after they did not achieve any results by firing artillery.

Only two holes of 35 meters and 53 meters have remained and the Buddhas have completely been damaged however thousands of tourists are still touring Bamiyan annually to visit the remains of the Buddhas.

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