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636. The Volcanoes of Merapi and Marbaboe, Java, from the top of Boro Bodoer

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The rich plain at their feet covered with morning mist; the tops of the Cocoanut groves alone showing above it, and indicating the position of the numerous native villages. In the foreground are some of the 400 life-size statues of Buddha, amidst their shattered dagobas, which adorn the wonderful pyramid and its seven steps or terraces. They contain the whole history of the holy man, illustrated in the finest bas-relief, and if stretched out would measure three miles in length. The building was commenced apparently in the fifth or sixth century, and may have been in progress 200 years before it was completed.

Copyright © RBG KEW

Media ID 5137849

Date: 30th June 2011

Filename: MN_636-004440LA090601_00141.jpg

Image Size: 8556 x 5388 Pixels

Filesize is 29.87MB

Associated Categories: History

Associated Categories: Marianne North

Associated Categories: History

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