Monday, December 21, 2009

Prasat Suor Prat


Prasat Suor Prat - Prasat Neang 12

Constructed : Early 13 th century
Religion : Mahayana Buddhism
Style : Post-Bayon
King : Jayavarman VII ★ 1181 - 1218 ★
Location : Angkor Thom, opposite the Terrace of the elephants.


Comments : These twelve towers are hardly of interest, but remain a enigma as for their use. Prasat Suor Prat, the temple of the tightrope walker can let suppose a relation with the spectacles of the Terrace of the elephants opposite which these turns are symmetrically laid out. It is also supposed that they could be used as particular cabins but the report of Zhou Ta Guan describes them as kinds of prisons from where emanated the divine judgements. Nothing is less sure. Their location in the east of the Royal plain and each side of the alley which lead to Victory Gate make beautiful decorative towers.

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