Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm, Angkor 2017

The complex Ta Prohm is located about two kilometers northeast of Angkor Wat. It is the ‘Temple of Brahma, the Ancestor.’ He was consecrated in 1186 by Jayavarman VII in honor of his mother. Later the construction was left to the jungle. Today the temple is entirely overgrown by two trees – a kapok and a holy fig. A touch of magic, to which the first explorers of Angkor fell.

The jewelry elements are held in early Bayon style, the most striking feature of which are towers with often several meters high faces of Bodhisattva Lokeshvara. A preserved inscription reveals the original size of the ‘Royal Monastery’; in the interior of the wall ring lived not less than 12,640 people. The interpretation of the temple still causes problems for scientists today. Like many of the temples in Angkor, Ta Prohm is an example of the syncretism of the former Khmer population.


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