Sukuh Temple

Sukuh is the Hindus temple with 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 the Sukuh temple is similar to Maya's cultural heritage building in Mexico or the cultural heritage of Incas in South America. The structure of the Sukuh temple reminds the visitors of its shape like a pyramid in Egypt.

The simplicity of impression caught the attention of acclaimed Dutch archaeologist W.F Stutterheim in the year 1930. He tried to explain it by giving 3 arguments:

  • First, the possibility of temple sculptors Sukuh was not a mason but a Persian carpenter from the village and it is not from the palace
  • Second, Sukuh temples were 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 a large and magnificent temple

When entering the main door gate will see the most distinctive architectural forms that are not listed but slightly tilted upright, shaped like a trapezoid with a roof on it. The stones that were in the temple are color slightly reddish, it is because of the andesite stones type.