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Borobudur, 1997. Asia. copyright photographer Marilyn Bridges

Borobudur, 1997. Borobudur in central Java is the largest Buddhist monument in the world. It was built starting in the 9th century AD and abandoned after the 11th century. The building has six square platforms supporting three concentric circular platforms with 16, 24 and 32 stupas, which contain statues of the Buddha. The structure has the character of a mandala. The largest platform is about 387 feet on a side. The top of the dome is 115 feet above ground level. When rediscovered in 1814, the monument was all but buried under dense jungle and layers of volcanic ash.

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