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Silver pagoda

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A special attraction of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, open to the public, is the Silver pagoda (Wat Preah Keo, or temple of the emerald Buddha). The name of the service the temple of the ruler of Cambodia was due to floor covering, consisting of several thousands of polished plates of silver, a total weight of over five tons. When visiting a Buddhist temple, you can see only a small part of the precious floor, most of it covered with carpet to protect.

The first pagoda was built of wood, erected in 1892, during the reign of king Norodom Sihanouk, it was reconstructed in 1962. The Khmer Rouge preserved the temple to show the world their concern for the preservation of the cultural riches of Cambodia, although more than half of the content of the pagoda has been lost, stolen or destroyed. Along the walls of the pagoda are samples of unusual Khmer Handicrafts, including elaborate masks used in classical dance and dozens of gold Buddhas.

The walls of the pagoda complex is plastered and decorated with frescoes Dating to 1900, which presents the themes and characters of the Indian "Ramayana". Stairs leading to the Silver pagoda is made of Italian marble.

Among the many valuable artifacts stored in the temple and monastery complex, the jewel of the collection is the extraordinary sculpture "emerald Buddha" made of French crystal baccarat in the form of sitting on a gilded pedestal of the deity. Another spectacular exhibit - "Golden Buddha", faceted inlaid 2086 diamonds, the largest of which weighs 25 carats. A work of art with a mass of 90 kg was done in 1906-1907 court masters. Right in front of the statue is a miniature mortar made of silver and gold, to the left is a bronze Buddha weighing 80 kg, and on the right, silver Buddha, as well as bas-reliefs and miniatures from high carat gold, illustrating the biography of the Buddha.