While you may at first think that Egypt or India may be the lands of eth temples, once you visit Cambodia, you will be mesmerized by it. What you will find here will surpass every expectation you may have. In the first part of the trip you can admire the Mountain temple, Angkor Wat, one of the biggest and most mysterious from Earth, and more are to come.
One of them is Bantey Srei – “the Temple of the women and of the beauty” is a Hindu temple. It has a smaller size in comparison with the others but it has a ravishing beauty. It is known as well as the Beauty of Angkor as this building was first realized in pink stone. Due to the fact that the sculptures and the decorations were realized with an unseen delicacy and smoothness, the legend says that they are the oeuvre of a princess. Actually this is the most important temple of Angkor that has not been raised by an emperor, and is considered an anomaly due to this thing. The works for this temple have lasted 34 years and it is dedicated to the most important Hindu Gods – the South tower to Siva, and the North tower to Visnu.
Bantey Srei was rediscovered in 1914. This is the place from where the well known French writer – A Malraux, stole some statues. Fortunately he was caught and arrested and the pieces were returned.
The Bayon temple was built by Jayavarman the 7th, the most known king of this land, which ruled for 40 years. When you first see the temple it looks like being just a stone building, arranged on three different floors, which height gets to 43 meters height. This construction has 54 towers – one for each province of the Khmer empire of that time, and each of these towers have 4 different angles. There are many bas-reliefs there, most of them reflecting scenes of everyday life. They represent more than 11.000 characters and the total dimension of them is of 1.200 meters.
Other temples – like Preak Khan and Ta Prohm look like pertaining to another world. They have a bizarre parallel between life and death, between vegetal and mineral. This landmark that seems like from another planet, will just pull you off the reality, and take you to another land.
Preak Khan was the first residence of Jayavarman the 7th , and had as a purpose the worship of the Royal family. For two decades, it was the place where the festivities were held. These festivities celebrated more than 500 Buddhist Gods. This temple and the surroundings, housed over 12.000 people, while another 8.000 lived nearby.