Pura Sada Kapal: the temple that changes for faith and for the ages

Pura Sada Kapal: the temple that changes for faith and for the ages
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Over a thousand temples dot the Island of Bali but each has its own history and specificity. Pura Sada Kapal remains imprinted in the memory for some of its architectural characteristics that make it unique. Built during the reign of Mengwi, it is the oldest of the sanctuaries of the time, probably dating back to the 18th century or perhaps even earlier, a difficult assessment given the numerous alterations. After a period of semi-abandonment, the temple suffered a fatal blow with the earthquake of 1917 which destroyed almost its entirety. It was rebuilt around 1949 thanks to JG Krijgman with the help of the local community who spontaneously contributed to its restoration, in particular with the participation of I Made Nama, one of the people who best remembered the structure of the temple before the earthquake occurred. After the restoration the temple was 16 meters high but some elements of the Javanese style remained well imprinted such as the Candi Bentar, or the entrance to the temple decorated with small niches that once housed ornamental Chinese ceramics. Dedicated to the Hindu Trinity of Bhrahma, Vishnu and Shiva, the Pura Sada Kapal features within the park that surrounds it numerous small "seats" called satia (faithful) which commemorate ancient warriors who died in battle.

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