The Sewu Temple

After visiting Borobudur we drove to the Prambanan Archaeological Complex. The first monument I visited here was the Sewu Temple.  The Prambanan Temple itself is a Hindu monument, but the Sewu Temple, like Borobudur, is a Buddhist monument, and the second largest in Indonesia. Sew is built in a Mandala form.  Centrally located is a main temple surrounded by 8 medium-sized flanking temples on each cardinal direction and 240 small temples radiate around the main temple. I entered the temple complex from the eastern entrance. One passes heaps of rubble, which used to be the 240 smaller temples (the most recent major destruction caused by a 2006 earthquake). Certain elements can still be picked out, like chambers with parts of a sculptures or entry staircases.  Two pairs of flanking temples and the main temple have been well restored.  I was able to walk in and around these.   Tools were scattered around the site, so it appears that restoration efforts are in progress for many of the smaller temples.

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relief detail

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collected small stupas
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view east from the main temple overlooking two flanking temples
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main temple
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view of the western facade of the main temple

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restoration efforts?
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small relief detail
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a corner of the main temple
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