|UNESCO #592 - Borobudur Temple Compounds - INDONESIA|
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Borobudur Temple Compounds - INDONESIA - UNESCO #592
My first cards from Indonesia - a double swap with another UNESCO collector. According to her this is the most popular sit in the island of Java. I didn't know anything about Borobudur before getting this card - thank you Jennifer for showing me the world largest Buddhist Stupa. Ok now, 78 sites down, only 903 to go. This postcard took 21 days to arrive!
This famous Buddhist temple, dating from the 8th and 9th centuries, is located in central Java. It was built in three tiers: a pyramidal base with five concentric square terraces, the trunk of a cone with three circular platforms and, at the top, a monumental stupa. The walls and balustrades are decorated with fine low reliefs, covering a total surface area of 2,500 m2. The temple was used as a Buddhist temple from its construction until sometime between the 10th and 15th centuries when it was abandoned. Since its re-discovery in the 19th century and restoration in the 20th century, it has been brought back into a Buddhist archaeological site.