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Angkor Thom - History, Style, The site, Angkor Thom in popular culture:


13°26N 103°50E. The ancient capital of the Khmer Empire, 240 km/150 mi NW of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The moated and walled city was built on a square plan, extending over 100 km²/40 sq mi, and completed in the 12th-c. Abandoned in the 15th-c, it was rediscovered in 1861. Angkor Wat, declared a World Heritage site in 1992, is the largest of the temples surrounding the site - linked, richly-sculptured sanctuaries on a massive platform 1000 m/3300 ft square, the work of Suryavarman II (1113–50). Its five sandstone towers in the shape of lotus buds rise 65 m/200 ft.

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