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The temple complex of Koh ker

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Koh ker - the capital of the Empire from Angarskoi 929 at 949 gg ad - is located 120 km North-East of Siem reap. In a remote, jungle area of 81 sq km, was discovered more than 180 sanctuaries. For tourists are open only about two dozen monuments, as most of the sanctuaries is located in a forest on the mined areas.

The center of Koh ker is a former freshwater reservoir called Rahal baray. The tour usually starts from the gate of Prasat Collapse, embellished over window openings and door jambs stone carvings and delicate columns. Prasat Collapse (Red Temple), the second largest object in Koh ker. Survived the stone archways and galleries, protected by the Naga dam and a series of sanctuaries, libraries and gates leading past the trees and vegetated ponds. To the West of Prasat Collapse, at the far Western end of the ruined colonnade, fragments (of the head) the statue Nandina.

The largest monument on the territory of Koh ker is the Prasat, a pyramid of Sandstone, 40 m in height with a base width of 50x50 m. If you climb the stairs to the top of its seven tiers, you will see a breathtaking view of the forest. On the walls of the building was found some 40 inscriptions, Dating from 932 to 1010.

Prasat Thom is only part of the whole complex of the Imperial temple with three enclosing walls and a wide moat. To the West of Prasat Tom is the step pyramid and an artificial hill, called the tomb of the white elephant. In the Northern part of the temple complex is Prasat Balang is a great example of the sanctuaries of the Linga, with a huge lingams inside.

A major object of the Northern group is Prasat Krachap with well-preserved inscriptions from the Western entrance gate. Also on the reserve is one of the most beautiful ruins of Prasat Banteay Pirchan is the only Khmer temple complex, dedicated to Brahma.

Highlighted among the buildings of Prasat Chen, "a Chinese temple, which received this name because of the statues of the "combat monkey". Also attracts the attention of a very picturesque Prasat-Pram. A group of brick towers overgrown with huge roots and vines, cutting through the brickwork through and through.

Koh ker is one of the least studied areas of Cambodia of that period, some of the exhibits of the National Museum in Phnom Penh removed.