Angkor Wat is a temple complex in Cambodia and the largest religious monument in the world with an area of 162.6 hectares
(1,626,000 m2; 402 acres).Breaking the Shaivite tradition of previous kings, Angkor Wat was dedicated to Vishnu for the Khmer Empire.
It was built by the Khmer king Suryavarman in the early 12th century at Yashodharapur, the capital of the Khmer Empire, as his state temple
and final mausoleum. Breaking the Shaivite tradition of previous kings,Angkor Wat was dedicated to Vishnu. Angkor Wat combines two
basic schemes of Khmer temple architecture the temple-mountain and later the heroic temple. It is designed to represent Mount Meru, home
of the gods in Hindu mythology, within a moat over 5 kilometers (3 mi) long and an outer wall 3.6 kilometers (2.2 mi) long with three
rectangular galleries, each is raised above the next. A quincunx of towers stands in the center of the temple. Unlike most Angkorian
temples, Angkor Wat is oriented west; Scholars are divided about its importance. The temple is admired for the grandeur and harmony of
its architecture, its extensive bas-reliefs and the many deities that adorn its walls.As the best-preserved temple on the site, Angkor Wat
is the only temple that has remained an important religious center since its inception. The temple is on top of the highly classical style
of Khmer architecture. It is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Buddhists in Cambodia and around the
world, having played a major role in the transformation of Cambodia into a Buddhist nation . It has -
become a symbol of Cambodia, appears on its national flag, and is the main tourist attraction of the country.
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