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Photography - Angkorian Temples - Ta Prohm Temple 016

Ta Prohm Differs From Other Angkorian Temples :

Ta Prohm temple in Angkor, Siem Reap – Cambodia was originally known as Rajavihara and it was built in the Bayon style largely in the late 12th and early 13th centuries by King Jayavarman VII. It’s located about one kilometre east of Prasad Bayon, it was was a Mahayana Buddhist monastery and university. Ta Prohm differs from other Angkorian temples as it’s left in much the same condition in which it was found to preserve the authenticity of the atmosphere. The huge trees growing out of the ruins and the jungle surroundings have made it one of Angkor’s most popular temples. Ta Prohm became UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. Ta Prohm is a partnership project of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and the APSARA (Authority for the Protection and Management of Angkor and the Region of Siem Reap) for its conservation and restoration.

Ta Prohm was abandoned after the fall of the Khmer Empire in the 15th century. When the conservation and restoration of Angkor temples began in the early 21st century, the École française d’Extrême-Orient decided that Ta Prohm would be left largely as it had been found. Much work has been done to stabilize the ruins, maintain accessibility, and “this condition of apparent neglect.”

Archaeological Survey of India has restored most parts of the temple complex in 2013,  some had to be constructed from scratch. Wooden walkways, platforms and roped railings have been put in place around the site to protect the monument from further damages due to the large tourist inflow.

Ta Prohm The Tomb Raider Temple :

Ta Prohm temple is also known as “Tomb Raider Temple”, is cloaked in mystery, its cracked walls and crumbling towers locked in the slow muscular embrace of vast root systems. The most atmospheric ruin at Angkor, Ta Prohm should be high on the list of every visitor to Angkor. Its most appealing features unlike the other monuments of Angkor is that it has been swallowed by the jungle and looks very much the way most monuments of Angkor appeared when European explorers first stumbled upon them.

Constructed in the late 12th century, it was originally known as Rajavihara (Monastery of the King). Ta Prohm was a Buddhist temple built for King Jayavarman VII’s mother. It’s one of those few temples in the Angkor region where an inscription provides information about the temple’s dependents and inhabitants. About 80’000 people were required to the temple, among them there were more than 2’700 officials and 615 dancers.

Ta Prohm was a temple of towers, closed courtyards and narrow corridors. Unfortunately, many of the corridors are now impassable as they are clogged with piles of carved stone blocks dislodged by the roots of long-decayed trees. Bas-reliefs on bulging walls are carpeted with lichen, moss and creeping plants, and shrubs sprout from the roofs of monumental porches. The Trees, hundreds of years old towering overhead, their leaves filtering the sunlight and casting a greenish light shadow over the whole scene.

More photos of Ta Prohm Temple here.

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