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Angkor Wat, The world's seven wonder
Angkor Archaeological Park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1992. It is located in northern Cambodia, contains the magnificent remaining of Khmer Empire in the 9th - 15th centuries. It was the largest pre-industrial city in the world. The most famous in this area are Angkor Wat and, Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple with its countless sculptural decorations.
Angkor Wat is the largest Hindu temple complex in the world. Angkor is one of the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia, built by King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city.
The temple is representative of Mount Meru, the house of gods of the Hinduism. It is constructed in several towers, there are many courtyards and the unending numbers of bas-reliefs decorated the walls of each room. The architectural style of the temple is known as Khmer Architecture, this style used sandstone and bricks to create the complex designs that ornament this wonderful temple. The central structure is composed by several rectangular galleries rising to a central tower. The temple itself has arrangement of five units towers which represents the peaks of the mountains. The most outstanding characteristic of the temple is its decoration. The main bas-reliefs friezes represent episodes from the Hindu epics. Bas-reliefs show also battle scenes as well as the “Churning of the Sea of Milk”, the “37 heavens” and many other pictures of the Hindu mythology.
This temple is one of the most beautiful and suggestive places on the planet. The temple is the top of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country's prime attraction for visitors. A classical phrase “See Angkor and Die” convinces you that this is a must place to see at least once in your life-time. So don’t’ really miss it!
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