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It was built by King Suryavarman II in the early twelfth century, as his temple and capital city of the state. It is the largest and best preserved temple at the site and also the only one who remained a significant religious center - first Hindu, then Buddhist - since its foundation. The temple is the epitome of classical style of Khmer architecture.
Became a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its flag and being its main tourist attraction. It was designed to represent Mount Meru, home of the gods of Hindu mythology.
Within a gap and the outside wall of a 3.6 km (2.2 miles) long, rectangular galleries are three, each built on top of another. In the center of the temple is a quintet of towers. Unlike most Angkorianos temples, Angkor Wat faces west, scholars are divided on the meaning of it. Also for the grandeur and harmony of its architecture, the temple is admired for its extensive bas-reliefs and the various designs that adorn its walls.
I loved this temple and all that is surrounded by water is fantastic ...
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