Angkor Thom: Phimeanakas or Phimeanakas (Phimeanakas)

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General information, history

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The Phimeanakas or Phimeanakas (Phimeanakas) translated from Khmer means "celestial temple". Is one of the churches of the city of Angkor Thom in the temple complex of Angkor near the city of Siem reap in Cambodia. Located on the site and was part of the Royal Palace of Angkor Thom (see the Phimeanakas on the map of Angkor).

Dedicated to Hinduism, built in the style of Kleang.

The construction of the Phimeanakas was conducted from the end of X-beginning of XI centuries. in Rajendravarman II (Rajendravarman II, rules 944-968гг.), after rebuilding in the reign of Suryavarman I (Suryavarman I, rules 1002-1049гг.) appears in present form. In the beginning of XX century, restoration work began on clearing the temple.

A remarkable temple only to those that "served", so to speak, of the temple at the Royal Palace. The only tower not preserved, unfortunately, was originally covered with gold. With the appointment of this tower is one of Khmer legend: the king indulged in amorous pleasures with Naga (snake), which appeared before him in the form of a beautiful woman. If naked in one night does not appear, it means the death of the king, and if you do not see the king's misfortune to the Kingdom. Reliefs in the temple there.

Orientation in the temple, tips for inspection


On examination of the Phimeanakas enough to allocate no more than half an hour.

The Phimeanakas some see as a must-visit place. This is because it is part of the Royal Palace, the inspection of which is included in most excursions. Really nothing interesting here, except, perhaps, the legend. Because it was built of Sandstone, and preserved not very well, especially the upper tier of the Central tower, and try to see tourists. However, if climbing to the top of the Central tower, you can see the nearby Baphuon (North) and the surrounding area.

For photography the best time is the morning. People here quite a lot, so a photo without tourists do not just.

Stairs from the main (Eastern) entrance is quite steep, so for safe lift equipped stairs on the West side.

The construction of the temple architecture


The Phimeanakas is a three-tiered rectangular pyramid.

The base of the pyramid has dimensions of 35m to 28m. The height of the temple is 12m. The temple has four axial stairs, framed somewhere preserved statues of the lions at the corners of the pyramid – destroyed statues of elephants.

The first two tiers are nothing, and through them it is impossible (very narrow), Yes, and not designed for this.

The third tier (30m to 23m) contains a narrow courtyard next to Windows, both open and about around the perimeter. Somewhere on the casings even preserved carved with ornament. The corners previously occupied by small pavilions. In the center is a raised area of land, framed by blocks of Sandstone, – this is the once Central tower of the temple, his sanctuary. It had a cruciform shape with the outputs-inputs on all four sides and light gold-plated dome. Here then occurred the events described in the above-mentioned legend. Today of the ruins of the tower remained only the remains of doorways.

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Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
admin 13 September, 2014

A continuation of course. But all the temples of Angkor to describe almost impossible, this requires a separate site. ...
Anna Reutin 22 Nov, 2014
Add about routes. If you have a limited amount of time (1-2 days), you will have time to watch only so-called "small ring" of Church buildings. If you are willing to stay on a little longer - feel free to plan a "big ring". Although after a couple of days all of these facilities are already stale ( ...
Igor Ognev May 1, 2017
Prices are not the same. One-day ticket not 20, and November 2016 is 37 USD ...
Levontiy.CHyanov 28 October, 2017
"At the entrance to the Bayon and Baphuon is the input control, in other temples he is missing."
tickets to Angkor Tom are sold separately from ankorwat or not ? control in these two temples and at the entrance to the gate not ? Bike and stutered you can go inside both complexes, is that right ? There's also stairs for the bridges, as the scooter in drag, and is it possible ? ...
admin 28 October, 2017

The separate tickets to Angkor Thom no, his visit is included in the cost of the ticket to the Angkor complex. Control not only in these temples, but what does it matter: buy tickets and view whatever you want, where you ask, submit a ticket.
Where did you get the information that bikes and scooters can ride inside the temples? Between them, and to the historical and religious object to move did not hear that. By the way, scooter rental in Siem reap was banned, if something is not changed. ...
Levontiy.CHyanov October 31, 2017
Katerina1 20 January, 2018
How many places should I poeticity then..) ...
Akropesgreox 4 March, 2018
Advise correct guide to the temples of Angkor Wat. I want to go in Siem Reap for a few days and see good Angkor. ...
admin 4 March, 2018

Start with our - ...
Katerina1 25 July, 2018
you on your own or with tour operator but to see the temples you want? ...