Although they are not as imposing as Borobudur (see previous post), I preferred them for their elegance and the more sensitive restoration.
There are three principal structures, one each dedicated to the triumvirate of Hindu gods: Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver and Shiva the Destroyer. Smaller temples surround these three. Like Borobudur, the site was abandoned, plundered and rediscovered. Restoration is ongoing, hampered by the difficulty of locating and reclaiming many of the pieces.
Fewer tourists than at Borobudur made this an easier place to enjoy the unique features and artistry of the temples.
I was intrigued by the number of panels depicting monkeys.
... and also by a depiction of a pregnant woman.
The performance was spectacular and well worth the price (around $30 per person for the second-best seats.) Dancers performed in front of a choir and gamelan orchestra
The climax of the drama involved the lighting of huge fires through which Hanuman, the White Monkey King leaped to conquer the wicked magician who had kidnapped the beautiful princess Sita.
The fires were hot enough that we felt the warmth on our faces.