The world's largest religious monument and an architectural masterpiece, Angkor Wat in Cambodia is the apogee of classical Khmer style. Built between 1113 and 1150 by King Suryavarman II, it was both city and temple, the capital of the Empire and the State Temple dedicated to the god Vishnu. Surrounded by a broad moat, it covers 200 hectares (1.5 km by 1.3 km) and faces west. The five central towers, seen here from nearby Bakheng hill, represent the peaks of the mythological Mount Meru, and the entire temple is a microcosm of the Hindu universe.
Photo ID: 11186_01v2 Angkor Wat
Author: Michael Freeman
File state: Final
Photo size: 23.9 Mpixels (68.5 MB uncompressed) - 5514x4340 pixels (18.3x14.4 in / 46.7x36.7 cm at 300 ppi)