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Scientists found the murals in a network of caves where monks lived and prayed in the Afghan region of Bamiyan, according to a statement on the Web site of the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, where the ancient paintings were analyzed.
Since, things went so awry (read our previous blogs here and here) on that stretch, that currently not many foreigners dare travel on it, and even locals do so with uneasiness – as they do not have much of an option.
Previously, one could only fly when registered with the UN or one of the NGO airlines.
As of December last year, though, So, assuming you have arrived safely, there is plenty to do.
While AAN has previously looked at the local botanics or the local gossip about security, this time we shortlist a few places worth a visit.
Buddhas and balconies First of all, of course, the Buddhas – only more conspicuous for their absence.
In 12 of 50 caves, the murals were painted using drying oils -- perhaps from walnuts and poppy seeds -- the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility said.
Its findings on the age of the oil paintings were published this week in The Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry.In view of the summer plans of our readers, AAN’s Fabrizio Foschini goes on a tour of known and secret sites of this legendary would-be cradle of Afghan tourism.Experience tells that once you got into Bamyan, you are fine. Mountain-locked in a landlocked country, Bamyan used to be reachable from Kabul through a long and tiresome but altogether safe route passing through the Ghorband valley, north-west of the capital.The only other major access route from the capital, over Hajigak Pass through Wardak province, had seen security problems long before.Those who can manage to fly to Bamyan and land on the dirt airstrip beautifully embedded in the mountains, allowing a first glimpse of the famous Buddhas’ cliffs to one side while descending.The paintings, scientists say, were probably the work of artists who traveled along the Silk Road, the ancient trade route between China, across Central Asia's desert to the West.