Prambanan, Java

since 12-12-04 002

This is a 9th-century Hindu temple compound in Central Java, dedicated to the Trimurti, which means God as the Creator (Brahma), the Preserver (Vishnu) and the Destroyer (Shiva). It is located near Yogyakarta and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is not only the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia, but one of the largest Hindu temples in Asia. Its tall and pointed structures, typical of Hindu temples, are crowned by the 154 ft. central building. It was built ~850 CE by Rakai Pikatan, abandoned less than 100 years later, but rediscovered by the British in 1811. It reminded me of Angor Wat, especially in the detail of its reliefs.

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