It has been almost 15 years since the Taliban blew up the giant Buddhas of Bamiyan in Afghanistan. But they have now returned with the help of some modern tech. The Chinese couple Janson Yu and Liyan Hu developed a projector with which it is possible to project a 3D image of a Buddha statue in the same place where the physical version stood. The projector is said to cost around $ 120,000 and had been given permission by both UNESCO and the Afghan government to showcase holograms of the Buddha statues in Bamiyan.

The two statues were built in 507 AD (smaller) and 554 AD (larger), and stood until 2001, when radical Islamist’s destroyed it using grenade launchers, hit this link to read more @ Wikipedia.