Angkor Wat – Cambodia

Angkor Wat – is an Ancient Temple located at Cambodia. The temples of Angkor, constructed by the Khmer civilization between 802 and 1220 AD, signify one of humankind’s most amazing and lasting architectural achievements. The constructions one sees at Angkor today, more than 100 stone temples in all, are the surviving remainders of a grand religious, social and administrative city whose other buildings – palaces, public buildings, and houses were constructed of wood and have long since decayed and disappeared.

Angkor Wat Temple was constructed during the early years of the 12th century by Suryavaram II, respects the Hindu god Vishnu and is a symbolic picture of Hindu cosmology. It consists of an enormous temple representing the mythic Mt. Meru, its five inter-nested four-sided walls and moats signify chains of mountains and the cosmic ocean. The small dimensions of the immense compound are precisely aligned along a north-south axis, while the east-west axis has been intentionally diverted 0.75 degrees south of east and north of west, apparently in order to give witnesses a three day expectation of the spring equinox. UNESCO has set up a extensive program to maintain this symbolic site and its surroundings.

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