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Oct 09, 2011 21:32 |  #1

Thought this could make an interested thread: post your favorite ancient/old temples.

Any building, monument or ruin from any faith/religion is welcome.
To set an upper limit, let's say anything built before the 20th century is acceptable.

Please include any useful information: name, location, wikipedia link, etc.


I'll start first with the Borobudur temple, Central Java, Indonesia:

Borobudur, or Barabudur, is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist monument near Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. The monument comprises six square platforms topped by three circular platforms, and is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. A main dome, located at the center of the top platform, is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues seated inside perforated stupa. Source: wikipedia (external link)


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Oct 09, 2011 21:35 |  #2

A couple more form Borobudur...

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Oct 10, 2011 20:35 as a reply to  @ cedm's post |  #3

Doesn't seem to passionate much folks... Nevermind, I'll continue on my own :)

Prambanan complex, Central Java, Indonesia.

Located east of the city of Jogja, this Hindu temple complex was built 12 centuries ago as a response to Buddhist's Borobudur. It's the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia.

Prambanan is a ninth century Hindu temple compound in Central Java, Indonesia, dedicated to the Trimurti, the expression of God as the Creator (Brahma), the Sustainer (Vishnu) and the Destroyer (Shiva). The temple compound is located approximately 18 km east of Yogyakarta city on the boundary between Yogyakarta and Central Java province.
The temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia, and is one of the largest and the most beautiful Hindu temples in Southeast Asia. It is characterized by its tall and pointed architecture, typical of Hindu temple architecture, and by the towering 47m high central building inside a large complex of individual temples. Source: Wikipedia (external link)

My excuse for the poor image quality, the temples were back lit at the time I visited. I would recommend anyone who visits the complex to come early morning, rather than evening for best light.


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Oct 10, 2011 20:45 as a reply to  @ cedm's post |  #4

...and two more from Prambanan...


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Oct 13, 2011 03:54 as a reply to  @ cedm's post |  #5

So little interest?

Anyway, here a couple pictures from the Tōdai-ji temple, in Nara, Japan. To be precise, this is the Great Buddha Hall, the world's largest wooden building. Build in the 8th century.

Tōdai-ji (東大寺 Tōdai-ji, Eastern Great Temple), is a Buddhist temple complex located in the city of Nara, Japan. Its Great Buddha Hall (大仏殿 Daibutsuden), the largest wooden building in the world, houses the world's largest bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana, known in Japanese simply as Daibutsu (大仏). The temple also serves as the Japanese headquarters of the Kegon school of Buddhism. The temple is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site as "Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara", together with seven other sites including temples, shrines and places in the city of Nara. Source: wikipedia (external link)


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Oct 13, 2011 07:27 |  #6

In Sendai, many are covered in blue tarps as they are under repair...theres a lot of that in the city at the moment and not only temples and/or shrines.




  
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Oct 13, 2011 07:45 |  #7

I`ll post what I have...I don`t have any of entire buildings but rather parts of them that I found interesting...


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Oct 13, 2011 07:58 |  #10

I'm very interested but have no photographs to share. The last time we were in Indonesia, I didn't own a camera. We didn't make it to Borobudur because in Jan 2002, the US had just invaded Afghanistan and things were pretty dangerous for Americans in Central Java.. or so we were told by both the embassy people and our Indonesian friends after they made a few phone calls.

Old temples and other religions monuments are fun... human history has produced so many over the centuries.

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Oct 13, 2011 08:17 |  #15

this is the old symbol for the city used by lord Date who founded it...they`re sparrows...

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