Deep into northwest Cambodia is the capital of the ancient Khmer Empire, a great site dedicated to the god Vishnu. It was built by the King Suryavarman the Second (Shield of the Sun) of the Khmer Empire sometime between 1100 and 1150 CE, and its name means ‘The City of the Temples’. It spans more than 400 acres and is full of many different buildings, making Angkor Wat one of the largest and most complex religious monuments ever constructed in the history of mankind.
The temples became known to the Europeans around 1860.
Built in 12 th century the Khmer ruled most of Southeast Asia. It was during this period that Angkor Wat was built, over a period of approximately 30 years. In all depictions he appears large and muscular with everyone seated around him. According to legends, Suryavarman the Second killed his uncle in order to become king.
The temple is an enormous three level pyramid built on a floating rectangular piece of land surrounded by water. It consists of nine towers, each more than 60 meters high. It was built to represent the ‘home of the gods’, Mount Meru , a mythical sacred mountain in Hindu mythology which is considered to be the residence of the god Brahma and the Devas.
The city of Angkor was a city of 1,000,000 people, with a complex irrigation system, paved roads and beautiful buildings; however, within 200 years the Khmer civilization collapsed with no apparent reason. Scholars suggest that an environmental collapse may have played a major role in the Khmer civilization’s disappearance.
Impressive and massive, Angkor Wat is an intriguing place to visit and full of beauty and mystery.
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