Fr. John Domin
1923 - 2017
Tue 6/13 10:30 am
Lolei, built in the 9th century, is part of the Roluos temples.
The four brick towers of Lolei are an almost exact replica of Preah Ko (although in much worse shape) were built on an islet in the middle of a large resevoir by Yasovarman I, the founder of the first city of Angkor.
One of the brick towers of the 9th century temple.
The brick, used in the very early temples, is interspersed with layers of sandstone into which niches are carved. Vegetation is growing along the towers.
Lolei is a Hindu temple built with sandstone carvings in the niches and Sanskrit inscriptions on the doorposts.
According to Lonely Planet Cambodia, one of the Sanskrit inscriptions found at Lolei indicated that the four towers were dedicated by Yasovarman I to his mother, his father and his maternal grandparents on 12 July 893.
A tower of the 9th century temple in great need of restoration.
Despite the poor condition of Lolei, there are some beautiful carvings on the walls of the towers.
A sandstone carving of an apsara in the niche of the temple.
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