Prambanan is an archaeological site in the easter part of Java. It is a set of Hindu temples that covers an area of several kilometrs. The site dates back to 850 a.d. and I can grant you it is very suggestive… in fact it is one of the most popular attractions all over Indonesia. It is Unesco World Heritage Site. Some of the structures are actually temples, but some are mausoleums. It seems that originally there were 232 buildings. The three most important ones are devoted to Shiva, Bhrama and Visnù; they are the most important Gods of Hinduism. Unfortunately, a violent earthquake destroyed part of the temples around 1600.
At the beginning of last century some works started, in order to restore the temples; but in 2006 another earthquake damaged some structures. For this reason, Prambanan site was closed to visitors for a period.
It is located at about 20 kilometres from Yogyakarta, so we got there rather fast.
As I already said, it is a rather crowded place, but it woths a visit for its imponence. For us it was important to find a guide who told us the history of Prambanan; but it was also very nice to walk around these stunning monuments by ourselves. I cannot say how many photos we took, especially when the twilight arrived.
In fact, it is customary to take photos of Prambanan temples at sunset. This is the moment when all the magic and mistery of the place come out.
For us it was not very simple, as the sky was cloudy; moreover you have to find the right place to avoid one of the building to cast its shadow on the other. But I must say we did it, after all we took very decent shots!
At the end of the tour, we crossed a narrow street sided by small shops. Here they sold souvenirs, fruit and a lot of gadgets. Then we headed to our hotel. it was nothing special, but finding a lodge in the surrounding was not easy, as it is a very touristic area. And the day after, visit to Borobudur!