Jacques

Jacques

Posted on 02/22/2011


Photo taken on December 13, 2005



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South East Asia
Cambodia
Shiva Temple
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Angkor Khmer Temples Complex
Banteay Srei Temples


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PICT6988ac Banteay Srei the Treasure of Angkor 967 from South-East

PICT6988ac Banteay Srei  the Treasure of Angkor  967  from South-East
This temple of particular charm is remarkable for its state of preservation and the excellence of a near perfect ornamental technique (Glaize); It is located some 20 km north of Angkor near the first slopes of the Phnom Kulen; Banteay Srei, originally: 'Isvarapura' (Isvara is a name of Shiva), was erected by dignitaries, as a private temple and consecrated in 968; The central and South towers are dedicated to Shiva, the North tower to Vishnu; Located far away from other monuments, it was forgotten and overgrown; It was re-discovered only in 1914, and restored 1924 to 1936; Reliefs cover the lintels, the pediments and the walls; In the pediments we find stories from mythology; In niches on the towers are charming gods and goddesses as guardians, wearing lotus flowers or spears; Visitors enter the temple at the outer East Gopura IV; An avenue, flanked by halls runs to East Gopura III; Here you enter the enclosure III, framed by a laterite wall; You cross a moat; The inner temple is framed by two enclosure walls; You enter at East Gopura II; in front of East Gopura I is a fragmentary Nandi; The inner enclosure is cordoned; You go around and look at two fire shrines and three towers; in front of the central tower is a mandapa; From East to West, or from outside to inside, the scale is gradually reduced, the inner enclosure the buildings are almost miniaturized; Cambodia Siemreap District Angkor Temples Complex Banteay Srei Temple UNESCO World Heritage 2002-2004.

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albertsville
albertsville
Lovely shot.
6 years ago.
Jacques has replied to albertsville
Truly another world, so mysterious!!! Thank You Carol!
6 years ago.
Francis Thériault
Francis Thériault
Superbe !
6 years ago.
Jacques has replied to Francis Thériault
Merci beaucoup Francis!
6 years ago.
Danielle
Danielle
Superbe photo !
6 years ago.
Jacques has replied to Danielle
Un peu difficile avec le fort contre-jour! Merci Danielle!
6 years ago.