At 7km from Siem Reap is the center of the once flourishing Khmer Empire recognized as a world heritage site – the Angkor complex. Since the IX cc. and for six centuries was the most powerful center of the civilization of South-East Asia, located on 3 thousand square kilometers, which is comparable to modern Los Angeles. Five hundred years ago, it collapsed, the jungle began to fill the space, the inhabitants it was left. Why? A great mystery for scientists.
There are many stone temples left, and the rest of the structures are of a non-religious nature, incl. The royal monasteries, built from ordinary materials, did not survive until now. In the 12th-13th centuries. Angkor was larger than any European city with a population of more than 1 million people. Unfortunately, the chronicles were kept on materials that erased time.
The temples are oriented to the sides of the world with incredible accuracy. The moat around Angor Vata with a perimeter of 5.5 km has an error of only 1 cm. At the time when the construction of the Notre Dame Cathedral lasted 200 years, the Angkor temple was erected in 20-30 years.
The interest is not only the architecture of the buildings, but also the decoration of the walls with internal bas-reliefs, including the Egyptian type.
We also decided to touch a mysterious culture armed with a loaded audio guide and bicycles.
It was incredible, when at the entrance were on the same road with elephants, which moved strictly on the right side.
The Bayon Temple is one of the most beautiful temples
Five-headed horse. It is located in the hidden corner of the terrace. Prepared to not miss the most interesting.
Riddle to the temples of 1100 years, dinosaurs died out 60 million years ago, the remains of the climate of Cambodia decompose quickly. Where does the image of the dinosaur on the walls come from?