Tuesday, 10 April 2012
These carvings are just a fraction of those that can be seen on the Buddhist temple at Borobudur in Indonesia. It is the world's largest Buddhist monument and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was probably built around 750 AD but then became buried by volcanic ash from Moutn Merapi. The area appears to have been deserted after one such eruption and by the time people came back, many years later, it was forgotten. It wasn't until 1814 that it was rediscovered and cleared by 1835. Sadly many of the stones, statues and so on, were given away but a large proportion of the complex has since been restored almost to its original state.