Terrasse der Elefanten - Terrace of the Elephants

Terrace of the Elephants, Angkor 2017

The Elephant Terrace is just behind the Bayon and borders the Gopuram of the Baphuon. It lies to the west of the north-south road on the Great Square, also Königsplatz and thus framed the palace grounds to the east. North is the terrace of the leprosy king.

The terrace was built by King Jayavarman VII at the beginning of the 13th century. It consists of three platforms of different heights, to which five stairs lead. Their total length is 300 meters. It was a kind of balcony for the king’s residence. The depictions of elephants and a giant elephant hunt gave the terrace its name.

 

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