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The Temple of Borobudur

The gigantic temple of Borobudur rises above the Kedu Plain in southern central Java in Indonesia. It is shaped like a terraced pyramid with a stupa (shrine) at the top.
The lower terraces are square and the top three, circular. Altogether there are ten levels from the bottom of the temple to the central stupa, 31 metres above. Each terrace has carvings of Buddha in various poses and panels of stone bas-reliefs depicting Buddhist stories. On the three circular terraces there are 72 small hollow stupas.
The temple, built by the Shailendra kings around 800 AD. is one of the greatest architectural monuments of Asia.

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