Tuesday, October 24, 2006

We spent a day visiting Angkor Wat near Siem Reap, Cambodia. The ruins there are very impressive. We hired a driver for the day and he took us to 5 of the main temples. These ruins were landmarks in a civilization of more than 1 million people. Click on the link if you don't know much about it.

Angkor is only half as old as the Coloisseum, and maybe not as impressive as the ruins you would find in Italy or Greece, however it is incredible. Angkor Wat is the largest religious structure in the world (according the guiness book) and the trees growing up from some of the structures look like something out of a fairy tale.

I do have better pictures, however, it is difficult to sort through the 100+ photos I took that day on this very slow computer.. I'm sure I'll find some more time to post the good ones in the future.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I read that the base of the temples is brick, but the carvings are done in sandstone. Some temples had sandstone stacked with vertical joints running to the top of the wall, which is not stable, so the walls collapse. Also, the architectural model was Indian and they did not know how to build an arch - so many openings have collapsed. They hope to restore these temples.