“It is of such extraordinary construction that it is not possible to describe it with a pen, particularly since it is like no other building in the world. It has towers and decoration and all the refinements which the human genius can conceive of.”
These were the words used by António da Madelena, a Portuguese monk and one of the first Western visitors to Angkor Wat, to describe the world’s largest Hindu temple complex. And rightly so, for the incredible detailing and magnificent scale of Cambodia’s most iconic monument is the ultimate expression of Khmer architectural genius.
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