|Mother Temple of Besakih, Bali - INDONESIA|
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Besakih Temple, Bali - INDONESIA - UNESCO TENTATIVE
From the beautiful island of Bali in Indonesia (a destination that is climbing up on my list of future travels) I receive this card of the most important Balinese Hindu Temple, the 'Mother Temple' of Besakih, built on the south slopes of Mount Agung, the principal volcano of the island. The origins of this sacred site are lost in time and its stone bases resemble megalithic stepped pyramids, which date back at least 2000 years. Thank you very much Shinta for another awesome Bali card (your cards are one of the main reasons for Bali climbing up that list - it's already above Thailand!). This postcard took 13 days to arrive!
The Mother Temple of Besakih, or Pura Besakih, in the village of Besakih on the slopes of Mount Agung in eastern Bali, Indonesia, is the most important, the largest and holiest Balinese Hindu temple. Perched nearly 1000 meters up the side of Gunung Agung, it is an extensive complex of 23 separate but related temples with the largest and most important being Pura Penataran Agung. It's built on six levels, terraced up the slope and the entrance is an imposing Candi Bentar (split gateway).