Fr. John Domin
1923 - 2017
Tue 6/13 10:30 am
The map, from École Française d'Extrême-Orient and Nils Tremmel, indicates some of the 100 major temples in and around Siem Reap, constructed by a succession of kings from the 7th - 13th centuries. Angkor is the dwelling of ancient gods, it is the earthly depiction of Mt. Meru, a city of temples that, in the peak of its development, claimed a population of one million and was the locus of Cambidia's Khmer empire.
Angkor Wat, constructed early in the 12th century under Suryavaman II, is built in the shape of a pyramid in three levels. This long causeway, made of sandstone bricks, leads to the entrance of the Hindu temple, which was the world's largest religious structure.
Angkor Wat, 12th century Hindu temple constructed under Suryavaman II. Two libraries, seen in the middle of the image, flank the causeway.
Another view of Angkor Wat from the roof of the temple looking out on the causeway, libraries and external wall.
Sculptured motifs can be seen throughout Angkor Wat.
Simulated windows were created with the openings between the sculptured columns at Angkor Wat and the other temples. Rubble is slowly being identified and returned to proper location.
A stairway leading to the main floor of the temple.
Angkor Wat, constructed early in the 12th century, is an architectural wonder, decorated throughout with sculptural motif and bas-relief.
Angkor Wat was decorated with more than a square kilometer of extremely detailed bas-relief sculpture like that pictured here.
"Flying buttresses" similar to the mansonry arches supporting Medieval cathedrals in Europe were used to support the roof of Ankor Wat.
Carvings cover almost all surfaces of the masonry monuments in Siem Reap.
Angkor Wat means 'temple that is a city'; there is a glimpse of the massiveness of the 12th century monument from this image. This is an interior shot of Angkor Wat, thought by some to have been constructed as a funerary temple for Suryavaman II.
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Angkor Wat, Cambodia
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