Prambanan and Borobudur : religious symbols of Java

Prambanan temple

Listed in the UNESCO World Heritage, Prambanan is one of the largest hindu temples in Indonesia. Officially rediscovered in 1811,  it has been restored for the last century.

Prambanan temple

Prambanan temple (photo by B. Hervé)

The bas-reliefs are telling, on all constructions, the story of Hindu epic

Bas-relief, Prambanan

Bas-relief, Prambanan (photo by B. Hervé)

Vishnu statue, Prambanan

Vishnu statue, Prambanan (photo by B. Hervé)

Sewu is after Borobudur, the second largest buddhist temple in Java. Its proximity with Prambanan temple (less than 875 yards, 800 m) show the mutual respect between both religious communities.

Sewu, Java

Sewu, Java (photo by B. Hervé)

Largest buddhist monument in the world, UNESCO strongly contributed to the Borobudur’s restoration works financing. Mostly ruined by a volcanic eruption, the temple had been deserted since the year 1100.

Borobudur temple

Borobudur temple (photo by B. Hervé)

Buddha, Borobudur

Buddha, Borobudur (photo by B. Hervé)

Bas-reliefs, Borobudur

Bas-reliefs, Borobudur (photo by B. Hervé)

The temple has become again a pilgrimage spot for buddhists. Some stupas, on the top, would have contained some Buddha’s relics.

Stupas, Borobudur

Stupas, Borobudur (photo by B. Hervé)

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