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!

UNESCO #592 - Borobudur Temple Compounds - INDONESIA
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.

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