ANGKOR WAT, CAMBODIA: Citadel of Women
Visiting the temple complex of Angkor was a humbling and breathtaking experience. The entire site sprawls over 400km2 and is home to over 100 temples built between 802 and 1220 AD by the Khmer people.
Packed into a dusty tuktuk with an enthusiastic driver I was lucky enough to visit around 6 of these magnificent crumbling monuments over a couple of days.
The first temple I visited was the beautiful Banteay Srei (Citadel of Women), originally called Tribhuvanamaheśvara (Great Lord of the Threefold World), dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Created on a much smaller scale than many of the other temples at Angkor, it is intricately carved from a dusky orange-pink sandstone. The amazingly well preserved decorative walls and lintels display scenes from Mahabhārata, demi-goddess (devatas) and monsters. Walking through the temple in the early morning sunlight was a moving experience, I hope you get a small taste of this from my photographs!