In March 2001 the Taliban regime ordered them to be destroyed. One of the world’s greatest and tallest cultural treasures was decimated with artillery and explosives. After the destruction of the Buddha’s, 50 caves were revealed. In 12 of the caves, several wall and ceiling paintings were discovered. It is believed that the paintings were done by artists traveling on the Silk Road, the trade route between China and the West. Bamiyan is also known for its natural beauty and great food.