Angkor wat


The UNESCO world heritage site or the seventh wonder of the world – Angkor Wat is also known as “Capital Temple” it is a temple complex in Cambodia and it is also the largest religious monument in the world! The site itself measures around 162.6 hectares. this temple was originally constructed as a Hindu temple for the Khmer Empire, but it gradually transformed into a Buddhist temple toward the end of the 12th century. This amazing monument was built by the Khmer King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century

Angkor Wat broke from the previous tradition of Shiva instead it was dedicated to Vishnu

DID YOU KNOW-That the sandstone blocks that were used to build Angkor Wat were quarried from the holy mountain of Phnom Kulen, which more than 50km away! The logistics of such an operation are mind-blowing, It probably consumed the labour of 300,000 workers and 6000 elephants, yet it was still not fully completed. This wonderful monument was unfortunately sacked by the Thais in 1431 and abandoned in 1432, Angkor Wat was forgotten for a few centuries. Centuries passed, until the French explorer, Henri Mouhot brought Angkor to the world’s attention in 1860. The French people were so enchanted with the ancient city and beginning in 1908 they funded and superbly and managed an extensive restoration project. And today it is still preserved with utmost care and I truly think that this is a marvellous piece of human architecture

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