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Borobudur – Buddhist monument- Indonesia

Quote From Wikipedia:
“Borobudur, or Barabudur, is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist monument near Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. The monument comprises six square platforms topped by three circular platforms, and is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues.1 A main dome, located at the center of the top platform, is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues seated inside perforated stupa.

The monument is both a shrine to the Lord Buddha and a place for Buddhist pilgrimage. The journey for pilgrims begins at the base of the monument and follows a path circumambulating the monument while ascending to the top through the three levels of Buddhist cosmology, namely Kāmadhātu (the world of desire), Rupadhatu (the world of forms) and Arupadhatu (the world of formlessness). During the journey the monument guides the pilgrims through a system of stairways and corridors with 1,460 narrative relief panels on the wall and the balustrades."

Another dive in my old photo’s brought me back to this set of pictures made at the Borobudur… memories of a fantastic experience…

Photo made before ‘my’ digital era, with my Pentax ME super – film camera and Pentax-M zoom1:2.8-4 40-80mm lens
Scanned from photo and post edited in Lightroom and Photoshop

Features and Top10 placements
Featured in High quality images (July 4 , 2010)
Top10 placement in Oriental – Unique buildings of the world (August 4, 2010)
Featured in ‘All things old’ – Bubbler’s weekly challenge (Nov 12, 2010)
Featured in Time gates (Apr. 8, 2011)
Top 10 in Ethnic buildings – Ethnic art (April 23, 2011)
Top10 in Stairway to somewhere – Architecture and street art (Nov. 10, 2011)

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Steppeland (pseudonym) is a Flemish photographer, living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Her main area’s of interest are Nature Photography, Street photography and Photojournalism. Recently she also explores different digital art techniques, mainly based on her own photographs.
More of her work can be seen at DeviantArt and 500px

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  • steppeland
    steppelandabout 4 years ago

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Thank you! :)

    – steppeland

  • Anna Shaw
    Anna Shawabout 4 years ago

    How interesting is this image and the info you have provided. Thank you. I have learned from this.

  • Aww, thank you Anna for such a kind comment! ♥

    – steppeland

  • trueblvr
    trueblvrabout 4 years ago

    very good, great angle…goes on and on. Di

  • Thank you so much for the kind comment, Di! :)

    – steppeland

  • allicata
    allicataabout 4 years ago

    love the shapes and bricks here!

  • Thanks a lot for your visit and kind comments, Allison, I really appreciate!

    – steppeland

  • pat gamwell
    pat gamwellabout 4 years ago



  • w00t!! Marvellous! Thank you so much, Pat!

    – steppeland

  • Karen Stackpole
    Karen Stackpolealmost 4 years ago


  • Aww, thank you so much! :)

    – steppeland

  • Corkle
    Corkleover 3 years ago

    This is an excellent capture..comp is terrific.

  • Thank you so much!

    – steppeland

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 3 years ago

    Please consider putting this into the Which Way – walkways, pathways, stairways, roadways and railways group.

  • Thank you, Cee! Didn’t realise it wasn’t in yet… added straight away ;)

    – steppeland

  • Jacqueline Ison
    Jacqueline Isonover 3 years ago

    Interesting shot and info…love the adjunct photo!

  • LOL – thank you, Jacqueline! … yes, the adjunct is the surprise in the story ;)

    – steppeland

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