Jacques

Jacques

Posted on 02/24/2011


Photo taken on December 11, 2005



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South East Asia
Vishnu Temple
Hindu and Buddhist Temple
Angkor Khmer Temples Complex
Ex French Indochina
200512 Trip
Angkor Wat
UNESCO World Heritage
Cambodia
Left Aisle


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PICT6709ac Left Aisle of Angkor Wat

PICT6709ac Left Aisle of Angkor Wat
Rarely shown side aisle; Angkor Wat was primitively a Hindu temple; It is unusual in that it faces West as our cathedrals facades (all other temples face East, toward the sunrise); For many years it was thought to be a tomb for this reason, but the real reason is because it was dedicated to Vishnu for who West is sacred, and not Shiva; It was built by King Suryavarman II around the year 1150, when the kingdom of Angkor, ancient Cambodia, was at its peak and stretched from Northern Thailand to Southern Vietnam; The mountain shaped temple of Angkor Wat is intended to represent Mt. Meru, the axis of the world in Hindu belief; At the very start is the huge moat, almost 700 feet wide, representing the cosmic ocean that existed before creation; There is also a representation of the cosmic ocean at the central sanctuary, suggesting one is traveling through time from the cosmic ocean that covered the earth before creation to the cosmic ocean that will again cover the earth at the end of the world; Angkor Wat has three levels: from the walkway a set of stairs leads to the first level; It is rectangular and stretches around the other two levels; The inside has a remarkably high vaulted roof, which gives it the feel of a cathedral; Sanskrit inscriptions record the glorious deeds of the kings; On the outside is the gallery of bas reliefs, stone murals that cover over 800 meters of the outer walls; Cambodia Siemreap District Angkor Wat Temples Complex UNESCO World Heritage.

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albertsville
albertsville
Fascinating information to match the wonderful photo
6 years ago.
Jacques has replied to albertsville
It is the first time that I post these pics forgotten in my too vast stock of images!!! Thank You Carol!
6 years ago. Edited 6 years ago.
Evelyne Cole
Evelyne Cole
It has been a pleasure for me to see Angkor again through your pictures, Jacques. The buildings seem to be restored some because I remember them as to be much more neglected.
6 years ago.
Jacques has replied to Evelyne Cole
Happy to know that You enjoyed the pics! About the state of the monument, it depends of the date of your trip....my pictures are from ending 2005; As it is a UNESCO classfied site, works are always on process to maintain or to repare different section of the complex! Thank You Evelyne!
6 years ago.
Evelyne Cole has replied to Jacques
Your trip was much much more recent then... and it looks like the war has left the place .
6 years ago.
Jacques has replied to Evelyne Cole
Oh yes and we are happy of this war's end as these people have suffered an atrocious genocide!!! Thank You Evelyne!
6 years ago.
Wolfgang
Wolfgang
This place is an amazing destination, I just come back from my fourth visit.
Your photo is an enrichment in our groups.
5 years ago.
Jacques has replied to Wolfgang
Fourth visit, wooooow!!!!!! thank You Wolfgang!
5 years ago.