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Gedongsongo Temple

Gedongsongo complex temple located at the foot of mount Ungaran, precisely in Candi village, Somawono, Semarang, Central Java province. The experts could not confirm the time and purpose of Gedongsongo temple construction, because there has been no inscriptions were it found and mention the existence of temple. It is estimated that those temples was built during early development of Hinduism in Java and that was in the reign of king in Sanjaya dynasty.

Seeing the architectural style and its location, Gedongsongo temple built for worship. At that time the highlands or hills seen as the embodiment of heaven abode of gods. Its existence was first disclosed temple by Raffles in 1740. In the beginning of time, there were only seven groups of buildings were found, so the Raffles called Gedong Pitu temple. After two temples were found, then do some research on the temple by Dutch archaeologists, who named Van Stein Callenfels in 1908 and Knebel in 1911. They discovered other temple groups, so the name was changed to Gedongsongo. In 1928 until 1929, during the reign of ancient official Dutch renovate the Gedong one and Gedong two. The restoration of temple and it was arrangement made ​​by Indonesia government for 10 years, from 1972 up to 1982.