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Angkor Thom, Ta Phrohm Temple, City Gate, Elephant Wall & Angkor Pyramid

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Ta Phrohm Temple, Angkor Thom
Ta Phrohm Temple, Angkor Thom
Ta Phrohm Temple, Angkor Thom
Ta Phrohm Temple, Angkor Thom
Ta Phrohm Temple, Angkor Thom
Angkor Thom 1 - Ta Phrohm Temple: Construction on Ta Prohm began in 1186 AD. It was originally known as Rajavihara (Monastery of the King), Ta Prohm was a Buddhist temple dedicated to the mother of King Jayavarman VII.
Angkor Thom 2 - Ta Phrohm Temple: Trees roots split massive stones in two and spill over the top of temple ramparts. A popular site is the "Tomb Raider tree" in the central sanctuary, where in the 2001 film Angelina Jolie picked a jasmine flower and was sucked beneath the earth..
Angkor Thom 3 - Ta Phrohm Temple: Ta Phrohmtemple is one of the largest, with an outer wall measuring 600 by 1000 metres which is largely collapsed. The inner sanctuary is a square with sides of 120m. Some parts are inaccessible because the roofs caved in.
City Gate of Angkor Thom, Cambodia
Guardians of Angkor Thom, Cambodia
City Gate of Angkor Thom, Cambodia
Angkor Thom 4 - City Gate of Angkor Thom, Cambodia: The city pf Amgkor Thom llies on the right bank of the Siem Reap River, a tributary of Tonle Sap, about a quarter of a mile from the river. The south gate of Angkor Thom are of laterite buttressed by earth, with a parapet on the top.
Angkor Thom 5 - Guardians of Angkor Thom, Cambodia: Carved stone guardians line the side of the causeway to the south gate of Angkor Thom, the largest of the ancient Khmer temple cities. The other side of the causeway ironically has a line of demons.
Angkor Thom 6 - City Gate of Angkor Thom, Cambodia: The faces on the 23 m towers at the city gates resemble those of the Bayon Temple. They may represent the king himself, the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, guardians of the empire's cardinal points, or some combination of these.
Terrace of Elephants, Angkor Thom
Terrace of Elephants, Angkor Thom
Angkor Thom 7 - Terrace of Elephants: The Terrace of the Elephants is part of the walled city of Angkor Thom, a ruined temple complex in Cambodia. The terrace was used by Angkor's king Jayavarman VII as a platform from which to view his victorious returning army.
Angkor Thom 8 - Terrace of Elephants: The Elephant Terrace runs from north to south, across the east front of the Royal Palace, for a distance of 300m (almost 1,000'). At the center of the terrace, photo above, is a high rostrum with elephants and a lotus seat.
Angkor Thom 9 - Terrace of Elephants: The centre piece of the bayron is the Terrace of Elephants with three main stairways each guarded by a trio of stone animals.
Sunset at Phnom Bakheng Temple, Angkor Thom
ISunset at Phnom Bakheng Temple, Angkor Thom
Angkor Thom 10 - Sunset at Phnom Bakheng Temple: Phnom Bakheng temple was the first major temple to be constructed in the Angkor area. It sits on top of Bakheng Hill which served as King Yasovarman I’s state-temple.
Angkor Thom 11 - Sunset at Phnom Bakheng Temple: Construction of the Phnom Bakheng temple marked the transfer of the capital of the Khmer Empire to this complex from Rolous in the late 9th Century AD.
Angkor Thom 12 - Sunset at Phnom Bakheng Temple: Bakheng Temple's hilltop location makes it the most popular sunset location in the area offering the view of the Tonle Sap lake and the distant Angkor Wat in the jungle.
Elephant Wall, Bayon Temple
Elephant Wall, Bayon Temple
Angkor Thom 13 - Elephant Wall, Bayon Temple: The middle section of the retaining wall is decorated with life size garudas and lions.
Angkor Thom 14 - Elephant Wall, Bayon Temple: Towards the end of the elephant wall is the famous parade of elephants complete with their Khmer mahout.
Angkor Thom 15 - Elephant Wall, Bayon Temple: Detailed Sculptured buddhas on the wall at the terrace of the Elephants in Angkor Thom.
Phimeanakas Pyramid, Royal Palace, Angkor Thom
Elephant Wall, Bayon Templ
Angkor Thom 16 - Phimeanakas Pyramid, Royal Palace: Phimeanakas, the State Temple of Suryavarman I is located in the middle of the old Royal Palace area. Although the temple is small (35m x 28m, or 115' x 92') it rises impressively to a height of about 40m (130'), including the platform on top.

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