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Borobudur is the principal Buddhist monument in Java and can rightly be considered ane of the wonders of the world. It measures 123 meters on each side, had an original height oh 42 meters and contain no less than 55 000 cubic metres of stone. In all, there are 504 statues of the Buddha and more than 2500 carved relief panels which, if placed in a line, would extend for about two and a half kilometers.
Builth around  an artificial hill, the temple takes the from of a square, stepped pyramid consisting of fove walled terraces, supporting a further three circular levels, crowned by a large, bell shaped stupa. The base of the monument is surrounded by a wide processional path.
Borobudur can be seen as a solid representation of the Buddhist journey to enlightenment. Pilgrims to the temple re-enact the Buddha’s spiritual path by circling the terraces, gradually ascending to higher levels until they reach the central stupa which symbolized Nirvana, or ultimate truth.
Whether one is a Buddhist or not, the feeling of liberation gained after emerging from the enclosed terraces on to the upper levels of the monument is quite noticeable. Clambering upwards through the ‘world of form’, as the terraces are said to represent, to encounter the magnificient mountain scenery in the full light of day is, one might say, blissful experience. To the north stand the towering peaks of Mt. Sumbing, Sindoro and merbabu, While the smoking summit of Merapi lies  on the eastern horizon. In the south, the jagged silhouette of the Menorah Hills y two companions. The feeling here is one of peace and reverence in the presence of these silent stone figures. The temple faces northwest, in the direction of the holy Indian city of benares. The outer walls of the building are covered with large carved images from the Buddhist pantheon.