Gunung Padang, mysterious monument on Java, Indonesia

Gunung Padang, Java. By RaiyaniM - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Gunung Padang is an ancient site located on the island of Java in Indonesia. It is a series of megalithic structures that are thought to date back to at least the 5th millennium BCE. The site consists of several terraced levels that are made of large stone blocks, and it is located on the slope of a mountain.

Gunung Padang lies in Karyamukti, Campaka, Cianjur, on West-Java, 30 km southwest of Cianjur.

The history of Gunung Padang is not well understood, and there are many theories about the site’s purpose and significance. Some experts believe that it may have been used as a ceremonial center or a place of worship, while others think it may have been a fortified settlement or a astronomical observatory.

There has been much debate and controversy surrounding the site, as some researchers claim that it may be much older than previously thought. In 2014, a team of researchers announced that they had discovered evidence of a pyramid-like structure beneath the surface of the site, which they believed could be as much as 20,000 years old. However, these claims have been met with skepticism by many archaeologists and scientists, and further research is needed to confirm the age and significance of the site.

Gunung Padang, Java. Door Mohammad Fadli – Eigen werk, CC BY-SA 3.0,
Gunung Padang, Java. Photo Jakarta Post
Gunung Padang. Reconstruction


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