Bantey Srei

Banteay Srei, Angkor 2017

Banteay Srei is a Hindu temple ruin in Angkor. The temple, which was considered one of the most artistic due to its ornamentation, was built in the middle of the 10th century. Banteay Srei is located approximately 23 kilometers northeast of Angkor Wat and 28 kilometers northeast of the center of the city of Siem Reap. It was the first building of Angkor, which was restored in 1931 and is one of the best-preserved.

The temple was built during the reign of Rajendravarman II in honor of the god Shiva. The small, exquisite temple was constructed by two Brahmins and completed in 967. The modern name Banteay Srei means ‘Citadel of Women’ and comes from the villagers, who were impressed by the lush devatas.

The still very well-preserved scenes of the decorative elements are considered to be masterpieces of the Khmer culture with their precise use of spatial effects and the high-quality sandstone with its rose tones. Nestled in a peaceful landscape of rice fields and ponds, Banteay Srei is undoubtedly one of the highlights in Angkor.


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