They survived for nearly 1.5 thousand years. The persistent invasion of Genghis Khan, after which no stone was left on the stone. The persistent anger of successive rulers who ordered them to be fired from cannons. Wounded, but still looming over the area, they survived until the times of the next barbarians, who thought they could help Allah in judging what was right and good for him and what was bad. They did not survive. They have become a symbol of Taliban power.