Prambanan Temple Compounds (1991)
Indonesia

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Indonesia 1999. Souvenir sheet issued for PHILEXFRANCE '99, featuring  the Prambanan Temple Compound againist the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Indonesia 1999. Prambanan Temple Compounds. Close-up of the stamp from the souvenir sheet.

Built in the 10th century, this is the largest temple compound dedicated to Shiva in Indonesia. 

Rising above the centre of the last of these concentric squares are three temples decorated with reliefs illustrating the epic of the Ramayana, dedicated to the three great Hindu divinities (Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma) and three temples dedicated to the animals who serve them. 

  • Indonesia 1999. Close-up of the stamp from the sheet. 

The Prambanan Temples form the largest temple complex on the Indonesian island of Java. Constructed around AD 900, the compound was deserted soon after it was completed, possibly due to the eruption of nearby Mount Merapi. 

  • Indonesia 1999. Souvenir sheet issued for PHILEXFRANCE '99, featuring the Prambanan Temple Compound against the Eiffel Tower in Paris. 

The temples were restored in 1953 and now form one of the world’s great Hindu shrines. There are 224 temples in total, but the site is dominated by the imposing figures of the three main temples: the Brahma Temple, the Vishnu Temple and the Shiva Temple. From May to October, the Ramayana Ballet, a traditional Indonesian dance based on the Hindu epic, is performed at the open-air theatre.

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Other World Heritage Sites in Indonesia (on this site). Inactive links are not described on postage stamps. Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, section Indonesia for further information about the individual properties. 

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