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Candi Sewu

Location: Bener, Bugisan, Prambanan, Klaten, Jawa Tenggah, Indonesia.

 

Secondary shrines:

Directly outside the central courtyard and 38 cm below it, are four rows of secondary shrines and four pairs of axial sanctuaries.

 

The first row counts 28 shrines looking outwards (8 on each). Their back is almost against the first enclosure. They all have a similar plan. Their base and temple body are square.

 

The second row of secondary shrines is made out of 44 buildings looking outwards (12 on each side). Shrines are different from those of the first row: they are bigger and staggered square.

 

The third row of secondary shrines is made out of 80 buildings (20 on each side). Contrary to other secondary shrines, all the buildings of the third row are looking inwards. They are similar in plan with shrines of the second row.

 

The fourth row is made out of 88 square buildings (22 on each side). They are all looking outwards and are similar in plan with the shrines of the first row.

 

Candi Sewu must have got its name of the secondary shrines, 'sewu' meaning thousand in Javanese.

 

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Taken on March 30, 2014