The temples of Angkor

Written by Jane Harris No Gravatar

We’ve spent the last couple of days touring ten of the beautiful temples of Angkor. Built around a thousand years ago Angkor Wat itself is thought to be the biggest religious structure in the world. Sitting within a broad rectangular moat, each side of which is over a kilometre long, its three lotus shaped towers are unmistakeable and particularly beautiful in the early morning mist. Another temple – Bayon – comprises 37 free standing towers almost all of which are carved with giant stone faces. The doorways of the imposing Preah Khan decrease in size until you reach its core – forcing you to bow your head lower and lower in deference to the king who temporarily resided there. Then there is the delicately shaped Banteay Srey, the citadel to women, the ornately carved Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King. All bear testimony to the power of man to create the remarkable, but my favourite Ta Prohm also bears testimony to the power of nature. Covered in moss the broken remains of the temple sits in the grip of giant tree roots.

2 Responses to “The temples of Angkor”

  1. SarahNo Gravatar says:

    Amazing photos, Jane!

  2. JeffNo Gravatar says:

    Phew – and I thought the climber on the front of my house was hard work – that tree is something else!

    Great shots

    Jeff

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