Saturday, 29 June 2013

Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm

Part of this monument can be invaded by vegetation, but that can be the saving grace of Ta Prohm. This temple is one of the most popular for visitors to the site of Angkor, because it is one of the most evocative of the lot: location in the first Tomb Raider film.

Ta Prohm was built by King Jayavarman VII for his mother. As a whole, the complex is composed of several low buildings surrounded by a wall (or that remains) encompassing an area 1.959 by 3.281 m wide. After its consecration in 1186, Ta Prohm has become a Buddhist monastery active and the University: an inscription in sanskrit on the site has approximately 12,640 people as residents of the complex, including 13 high priests, 2,740 civil servants, 2,232 assistants, and 615 dancers.

When conservation efforts began in the early 20th century, it was decided that the trees and vegetation are largely left in place. Today, the trees have grown in (and in some cases, replace) the superstructure of stone of the temple, visitors to the shade as they walk through the ruins of a large learning centre.

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