Prambanan temple / LoRa Photography

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Prambanan is the largest and most beautiful Hindu temple complex in Indonesia. A temple was first built at the site around 850 CE by Rakai Pikatan and expanded extensively by King Lokapala and Balitung Maha Sambu the Sanjaya king of the Mataram Kingdom.

The other name of this temple is the Lorojonggrang temple.

The complex is laid out in the form of a mandala, and features the towering, broad spires that are typical of Hindu temple architecture, and represent Meru, the holy mountain where the gods live.

Originally there were 240 temples in the complex but many of them have deteriorated or been looted leaving just scattered stones.

Prambanan was selected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.