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Underground Mosque by seeARTend Underground Mosque by seeARTend
The Underground Mosque, known as Sumur Gumuling", in Yogyakarta, Indonesia was built upon a circular well in 1750. The building is totally underground, surrounding the well (sumur).
Four stairways above the well meets at the center, forming a small stage and a fifth staircase leads to the upper second floor. These stairways symbolizes the Five Islamic Principles, the highest staircase referring to the pilgrimage to Mecca for Muslims.
The Imam would stand on the small stage formed by the set of stairways, taking advantage of the excellent acoustics of the circular building to deliver his sermon.
The mosque is part of the greater complex of Taman Sari, where underground tunnels link to the Royal Palace, the Water Castle, a pleasure bath complex for the Sultan, his family and concubines and to the South Java Sea. Many of the tunnels are closed for safety reasons.
Much restoration work need to be done in this Complex before it can be officially be listed as an UNESCO Heritage Site.
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SpicePrincess Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Student General Artist
Beautiful! This is a great visual aid and reference for an adventure I'm writing with my characters. 
They are traveling through underground tunnels and I could see them looking much like this.
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DianaGrigore Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Professional Photographer
This looks incredibly surreal and intriguing. Beautiful capture!:heart:
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seeARTend Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks
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Kitsch1984 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
Incredible!! It seems Escher!!
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Spiritofdarkness Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
this is absolute cool :clap:
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ChaosKatie Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! That is very cool and interesting! Nice picture too. ;)
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seeARTend Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :dance:
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ShapurLenS Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
so otherworldly
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RedNihao Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Very interesting, thank you for sharing :)
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seeARTend Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks, your welcome :dance:
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