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To see the world in a grain of sand, and a heaven in a wildflower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour.
Angkor Watt Style
Also known as Khmer Architecture is a unique Architectural style; Once in one of the most populated cities in the World, later recaptured by the lush of the forest, became a legend for centuries, recently re-discovered (1861) and introduced to the western world.
An Architectural Jewel that deserved to be one of the new marvels of the world more than some of those chosen.
This Style emanates greatness, is a basis for a spiritual expression, temples are formed of conventions and symbols, is the translation of an idea, of a force that is superior to mere aesthetic considerations; It attains a classic perfection by the restrained monumentality of its finely balanced elements and the precise arrangement of its proportions; Work of power, unity and style.
Architectural elements: Towers (Prasat) with eight corner cruciform shape, vaulted galleries, enclosure hallways, bass reliefs, collonettes, lintels, pilasters, frontons.
Materials: Sandstone, brick, laterite, timber, tiles.
Architects, Sculptors and Priests worked in conjunction to make this Architectural Marvel happen, all of them being slaves of the empire.
Thousands of slaves lived around the water moats in wooden houses for centuries with the only purpose of building temples, while the king and nobles lived inside the temples;
Two religions coexisted: Brahmanism & Buddhism, symbols of both religions are all over all the buildings.