"Pink sandstone with amazing carvings" Banteay Srei Tip by Willettsworld

Banteay Srei, Angkor Wat: 33 reviews and 66 photos

Even though this temple is located some 25km (15 miles) north-east of the main group of temples at Angkor, if you have the time then you should take a visit here. Banteay Srei is undoubtedly Angkor's most beautiful, yet smallest temple, with soft pink sandstone and exceptional carvings which have led it to be widely praised as a "precious gem", or the "jewel of Khmer art."

Consecrated in 967 AD during the reign of King Rajendravarman, Banteay Srei (meaning "Citadel of Women") was never a royal temple. It is thought to have been built by a guru of the king and it's believed that this lack of a royal go-ahead is one of the reasons why it is so small. What it may lack in size it more than makes up for in beauty. Some have suggested that the temple was built by women as no man could have created something so beautiful and with so fine a hand. The carvings cover an incredible amount of the temple's surface and the reliefs are often deep.

As with many Khmer temples, the main sections of Banteay Srei were built of laterite, but instead of the carving being done into a plaster coating normally layered onto the stone, the temple was faced with pink sandstone and the carvings done into that. The results are breathtaking. Throughout the monument are lintels, door jambs and window columns all layered with amazingly well executed and preserved carvings. Shear magic!

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  • Written Apr 27, 2010
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