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Front Page Essay The Architecture of Angkor
Angkor Wat (ca. 1113-1150 AD)
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Angkor Wat was built during the reign of Suryavarman II, and dedicated to the Hindu God of Vishnu. Its construction is believed to have taken 30 years, and it exemplifies the pinnarcle of Khmer Temple Mount architecture.
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Angkor Wat is measured 1.3x1.5 kilometers. Surrounded by a 190-meter wide moat, it is like an island accessible only by a causeway.
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Angkor Wat was later converted into a Buddhist temple, where monks still live in some of the surrounding chambers today.
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Ascending to Angkor Wat's uppermost terrace via an extremely steep staircase. Most visitors choose to ascend to the top through the other staircase assited with iron rails
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Angkor Wat's cruciform galleries of Thousand Buddhas. The inner walls of the galleries are covered by bas-reliefs depicting historical and epical scenes.
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A stone lion at the galleries overlook the distance Angkor Temple.

Angkor Thom (ca. 1190-1210 AD)
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Bayon (1190-1210 AD)
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Banteay Srei (967 AD)
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Banteay Kdei (ca. 1180-1200 AD)
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Ta Prohm (1186 AD)
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Ta Keo (1002-1010 AD)
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Preah Khan (1191 AD)
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Last Update: October 21 2009 22:47:58 -0500