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Angkor Wat, world heritage site of the UNESCO in Cambodia: pictures from the western gopura, the temple, and an inner gallery.

Angkor Wat in Cambodia: the western gopura
Angkor Wat in Cambodia: the western gopura.

Angkor Wat is the largest and probably the most famous temple complex in the archaeological site of Angkor in Cambodia. Angkor Wat was built by the Khmer King Suryavarman II in the first half of the twelfth century as state temple and capital city of the kingdom. It is located just a few kilometers northeast of Tonle Sap. It predates the creation of the city of Angkor Thom that King Jayavarman VII  founded in the neighboring area several decades later after defeating the Cham who had invaded Angkor.

Angkor Wat extends over 200 ha, moat included. The moat was 1,500 m long in the east-west axis and 1,300 m in the north to south. The construction of Angkor Wat lasted some 35 years and employed about 200,000 people. The temple is surrounded by galleried enclosures. There is nothing left from the royal palace which was probably located north of the temple. The rest of the site - the main part - was occupied by the city. Angkor Wat means temple city.

Considering its total area, Angkor Wat is the largest religious structure in the world. It is a world heritage site (UNESCO).
 
Angkor Wat in Cambodia
Angkor Wat in Cambodia: the third level of the temple.


Angkor Wat in Cambodia: a tower
Angkor Wat in Cambodia: corner tower and inner gallery.


 

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Angkor Wat, world heritage site of the UNESCO in Cambodia: pictures from the western gopura, the temple, and an inner gallery. Cambodia travel guide with 200 nice pictures.