Sukuh Temple

Sukuh is Hindu temple, which gives an impression of striking simplicity for visitors. The impression gained from the temple, which is quite different from those obtained from the major temples in Central Java, such as Prambanan and Borobudur temples. Even the shape of Sukuh temple is similar to Maya cultural heritage in Mexico or cultural heritage Incas in South America. The Sukuh temple structure is also remind the visitors of its shape like pyramid in Egypt.

The impression of simplicity caught the attention of acclaimed Dutch archaeologist W.F Stutterheim in the year of 1930. He tried to explain it by giving three arguments:

  • First, the possibility of temple sculptors Sukuh was not a mason but Persian carpenter from the village and it is not from the palace
  • Second, Sukuh temples was made ​​with a little bit hasty so less tidy
  • Third, the political situation ahead of time with the collapse of Majapahit kingdom as urged by the forces of Islam Demak was not possible to create large and magnificent temple

The visitors who enter the main door gate will see the most distinctive architectural forms that are not listed but slightly tilted upright, shaped like trapezoid with roof on it. The stones that were in the temple are colored slightly reddish, it because of the stones type used are an andesite.