Angkor Wat Temple

by gaby price

summary

The Angkor Wat Temples are the largest Hindu temples in the world and the largest religious monuments in the world. They are mostly Hindu, but they do include Buddist temples. They were built as a dedication to Vishnu, the Hindu God.

Description of Angkor Wat temples

The construction of the temples started in 1125. They were built by King Suryavarman. There is a huge moat around the outer temples that is 3.6 kilometers wide. It has Quincunx (stacks) of towers unlike most temples at that time. Angkor wat means "temple city"

some history

It is located 3.4 miles north of the town Siem Reap. It is in the area where most of Cambodia's ancient places are found. The origianal name was " Varah Vishnu-lok" literally meaning "Holy Vishnu location". The work abruptly stopped when King Suravarman died. Then in the 13th century, the temples became more Theravada Buddhist temples. In the 16th century, the area was abandoned because the jungle was growing into the temples and starting to push people out. Antonio Da Madalena was a Portuguese monk who said, "It is of such extraordinary construction that it is not possible to describe it with a pen, particularly since it is like no other building in the world. It has towers and decoration and all the refinements which the human genius can conceive of."

What religion consisders this place sacred?

Hindus and Buddhists consider the Angkor Wat temples sacred because Hindu was the first religion praticed there for long time a century later Buddhism became the strongist religion. The Angkor Wat temples are so important to Cambodia that the temples are on the national flag.

Why is are the Angkor Wat temples sacred to Hindus and Buddhist?

They are so sacred to Hindus because the temple was built for the Hindu god Vishnu. They went there to pray to Vishnu. It is also sacred to Buddhists because the temple converted to Buddhist in the 13th century. That meant they could go to the amazing temples and pray to Buddha..
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