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A Monumental Achievement

Large Marble Monument Carried and Placed at Peak of Baliís Mount Batur to Celebrate Area's UNESCO Geopark Status

(10/27/2013) A marble monument has been installed at a height of 1,717 meters above sea level on the peak of Mount Batur in Kintamani, Bangli, Bali.

The installation and inauguration of the massive monument measuring 2.5 x 2 meters took place on Sunday, October 27, 2013 on the edge of the mountain's caldera.

An engrave inscription recalls that 29,300 years ago the height of Mount Batur was between 3,000-4,000 meters until a cataclysmic volcanic explosion reduced its height by half and created the present-day caldera measuring 13.8 x 10 kilometers. Mt. Batur has exploded 26 times between 1804-2000 A.D, including a more recent massive explosion that took place in 1926.

On September 20, 2012 Mount Batur and its surrounding environs earned UNESCO Geopark status.

The marble monument invites those who climb the peak to help preserve the natural beauty of the area and not leave plastic rubbish on the mountain.

Prior to its installation on the mountain top, the marble monument was hoisted to its location on the shoulders of members of the Indonesian Armed Forces and Police who laboriously maneuvered it up the narrow mountain's hiking path. Local citizens also participated by hauling cement, water and the various  tools needed to complete the monument’s installation.

Speaking at the ceremony, the Regent of Bangli, I Made Gianyar, compared the establishment of the Batur Geopark with the history of the Indonesian people. He told the audience how both the Park and the Nation were born from a long struggle that, in the end, earned international recognition.