Thommanon, Angkor 2017

Across from the Chau Say Tevoda Temple, directly on the road leading to the Victory Gate of Angkor Thom is the Hindu temple of Thommanon. The Thommanon was built at the earliest at the end of the 11th, at the latest by the middle of the 12th century. The stylistic affinity with Angkor Wat is unmistakable, for is, dating to the reign of the Khmer King Suryavarman II. is possible.

Who commissioned the construction, when exactly it was built, and for what purpose, is still being discussed. The small, but beautiful temple was reconstructed in the 1960s with the technique of the anastylosis. In the centuries the wall of the temple has mostly disappeared; since the Victory Avenue runs from west to east and the main entrance of the temple is in the east, passers now look directly at the flanks of the complex.


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