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Banteay Srei, Preah Khan and Preah Neak Pean, Angkor, Cambodia

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Bas Relief, Banteay Srei, Angkor
Bas Relief, Banteay Srei, Angkor
Bas Relief, Banteay Srei, Angkor
Bas Relief, Preah Khan, Angkor
Bas Relief, Preah Khan, Angkor
Angkor 1 - Bas Relief, Banteay Srei: Completed in 967, Banteay Srei was the only major temple at Angkor not built for the king; instead it was constructed by one of king Rajendravarman's counsellors, Yajnyavahara
Angkor 2 - Bas Relief, Banteay Srei: Bas relief in red sandstone at Banteay Srei showing Ravana shaking Mount Kailasa and Shiva & Parvati on the Eastern pediment of the South Library.
Angkor 3 - Bas Relief, Preah Khan: Detailed stone carvings of hermits appear to be praying, rather than meditating, because of the position of their hands, on the Temple of Preah Khan in the Angkor Complex, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Bas Reliefs, Preah Khan, Angkor, Cambodia
Central Shrines of Banteay Srei Angkor, Cambodia
Preah Khan, Angkor, Cambodia
Angkor 4 - Bas Reliefs, Preah Khan: Preah Khan was built by Jayavarman VII, on the site of Jayavarman's victory over the Cham invaders in 1181. It functioned as a temple, monastery and university, including elements of Buddhist, Vaishnava, and Shaiva worship. Jayavarman himself was a Buddhist, but most of the Buddha images were destroyed by a later king who reverted the temple to exclusively Hindu use.
Angkor 5 - Central Shrines of Banteay Srei: The inner enclosure contains the sanctuary, consists of an entrance chamber and three towers, as well as two buildings conventionally referred to as libraries.
Angkor 6 - Preah Khan: Preah Khan is the name of the sacred sword, the safeguard of Cambodia, which is preserved in the palace of Phnom Penh, it seems that there is a connection between this precious arm and the name of the monument, a name which is not unique among the temples of the country.
Preah Neak Pean
Preah Khan, Angkor, Cambodia
Angkor 7 - Central Shrines of Banteay Srei: Banteay Srei is built largely of red sandstone, that can be carved like wood, with brick and laterite used only for the enclosure walls and some structural elements. Although Banteay Srei's coloration is unique, sandstone of other shades was later to become the norm.
Angkor 8 - Preah Neak Pean: Preah Neak Pean means Intertwined Serpent (Naga). It was late 12th century built Buddhist temple constructed by Jayavarman VII. In the pool around the central island there were once four statues, but only one remains, reconstructed from the debris by the French archaeologists who cleared the site. The figure has the body of a horse supported by a tangle of human legs and refers to a legend that Avalokiteshvara once saved a group of shipwrecked followers from an island of ghouls by transforming himself into a flying horse.
Angkor 9 - Preah Khan: The temple gateway is 100 feet long, with five separate entrances in all. The Preah Khan complex is the largest enclosure of ancient Cambodia at nearly five kilometres square, bigger than Angkor Thom (3.3 kms sq) and Banteay Chhmar (4 kms sq). The group consists of a central sanctuary and four enclosures with many accessory buildings, basins, a large eight-metre wide moat and temples, some of which are outside the outer enclosure walls.
Two Storey Pavillion, Preah Khan, Angkor
Preah Khan, Angkor, Cambodia
Angkor 10 - Centeral Stupa, Peah Khan: During the Middle Period, a stupa was erected in place of Lokesvara in the central sanctuary. This had the advantage of symbolising Buddhism in all its forms.
Angkor 11 - Two Storey Pavillion, Preah Khan: This two-storey building, unusual because of its round columns, is claimed in legend to have held the sacred sword ("Preah Khan") of the Khmer kings. The reality may be much less romantic with the view by archeologists that it might have been a granary or library. The building is located north of the Hall of Dancers.
Angkor 12 - Preah Khan: Preah Khan is one of the few monuments to have kept its original name. The founding stele is written entirely in Sanskrit with the name of the temple expressed as Jayacri.
Preah Khan, Angkor, Cambodia
Preah Khan, Angkor, Cambodia
Angkor 13 - Preah Khan: More than a single temple , the monument was in its time a real city with a whole population divided according to their functions. The temple was also a site of Buddhist studies with its retinue of spiritual masters and their disciples.

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