Angkor: Prasat Suor Prat
General information, history
Prasat Suor Prat (Prasats Suor Prat) is located on the territory of Angkor Thom, opposite the terraces of Elephants and Leper King, across the street. The complex consists of 12 towers at an equal distance from each other, aligned on the same line, with the exception of two.
The name translates from the Khmer as "the tower dancing on the rope". If during the events on a tight rope walked acrobats, but it's questionable version and nothing to do with the true purpose of the towers it has. There are other, more plausible version, for example: use as storerooms or administrative buildings, where the ongoing resolution of legal issues, disputes or temporary detention of offenders. But, nevertheless, a clear answer about the appointment of Prasat no.
Buildings dedicated to Buddhism, the style – postion.
Built towers of Jayavarman VII (Jayavarman VII, 1181-1220 rules.) at the end of the XII century Clearing of land was made in the early twentieth century, recovery in the mid 50-ies of XX century.
Interest, as a "chain" of towers, and each tower separately, and preserved on the pediment of the image.
Orientation, tips for inspection
Prasat Suor Prat are bordering on Royal square on the East. Consist of two groups: six towers, each group divided by the road leading from the Gate of Victory, which was the main street of the city of Angkor Thom. For near to the main road towers are located on both sides of the pool (80 m by 60 m).
Built of laterite and Sandstone towers are relatively well preserved, and very popular among tourists.
The best photos can be done at sunset, especially if you try to fit a few towers in one frame.
On inspection it is necessary to allocate about half an hour.
Towers of Suor Prat have a square shape and consist of three levels. The lower level has one main entrance oriented to the East, and faces the Royal Palace, with the rest of the parties are placed in the window. With the exception of two towers, standing near the town's main road: the entrance is the one facing North, the other South. With the front of each main entrance brings a small terrace with two Windows. In the lower level is the room itself, other levels are decorative in nature.
The third (top) level has two large pediment, located opposite each other. On the pediments there remained barely distinguishable image of the Nagas and lions.