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The Largest Hindu Temple

The Largest Hindu Temple
It is not in India but in Angkor Wat, Cambodia.
[1] Overview

Angkor Wat (or Angkor Vat) is a temple at Angkor, Cambodia, built for king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city. The largest and best-preserved temple at Angkor, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre- first Hindu, then Buddhist- since its foundation. The te mple is the epitome of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country's prime attraction for visitors drawn by its architecture, its extensive bas-reliefs and the numerous devatas adorning its walls.

[2] Main Entrance

The main entrance to the temple proper, seen from the eastern end of the Naga causeway

[3] History

An 1866 photograph of Angkor Wat by Emile Gsell
The initial design and construction of the temple took place in the first half of the …