Angkor Watt

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Angkor Wat, with causeway in foreground.

Main gopura, which now houses a Vishnu idol. Gopura or gateway is the main architectural feature of the wall that surrounds a Khmer temple. The name, which is derived from Sanskrit, originated in the 7th century Pallava architecture of South India.

Six armed Vishnu at the Main Gopura.

All five towers of the magnificent Angkor Wat temple are visible with the moat surrounding it.

North gallery, Angkor Wat. Each gallery houses amazing bas-reliefs i.e. carved decorations at the Angkor Vat. Scenes of the east west relate to the rising and setting of the sun.

West gallery, Angkor Wat. These are magnificent places to just sit and imbibe the magnificence of the complex.

South gallery, Angkor Wat, with tower. Note the windows.

East gallery, Angkor Wat. Note the distinctive Khmer style of window design.

Bas Relief from the Ramayana called Reamker in the Cambodian version. It is believed that the local composition took place between 200 BC and 200 AD.

The steep stone stairs leading up to the third and uppermost level. One slight lapse of concentration and the fall would mean death.

Dancing Apsaras, Angkor Wat

Third Level, Angkor Wat

Central Tower, symbolizing Mount Meru, third level, Angkor Wat. 65 metres (213 feet) is the height of the Angkor Vat from ground to the top of the Central Tower.

View from the Top

View from the top with outer enclosure in the background.

View from the top: East side

Exchanging wisdom after the steep ascent

Side view of the stairways to indicate its angle of ascent. This shows the three distinct levels of the Wat.

Sleeping Buddha, Central Tower, Angkor Wat.

Five towers in silhouette, Angkor Wat,

Causeway to Angkor Wat with lions guarding each stairway.

Side ramparts of the Wat at sunset. Note the nine-headed Naga balustrade, a common sight in Khmer architecture.