The wondrous and mysterious Cambodian site of Angkor Wat has drawn the attention of researchers and explorers since its discovery by missionaries in 1860. Swallowed by jungle, the lost city is twice as large as Manhatten and showcases some of the most impressive architectural achievements of the ancient world. The temple complex is the largest religious monument in the world, measuring 1,626,000 sq meters and was originally constructed as a Hindu temple for the Khmer Empire, gradually transforming into a Buddhist temple toward the end of the 12th century. It was built by the Khmer King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century in Yaśodharapura, the capital of the Khmer Empire, as his state temple and eventual mausoleum. Breaking from the Shaiva tradition of previous kings, Angkor Wat was instead dedicated to Vishnu. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious center since its foundation.
The modern name, Angkor Wat, means “Temple City” or “City of Temples” in Khmer; Angkor, meaning “city” or “capital city”, is a vernacular form of the word nokor, which comes from the Sanskrit word nagara. Enjoy this stunning addition to The Gallery Series.
About the Author: Andrew is the founder and editor in chief of Lost Origins. He is also the host of the radio show that falls under the same moniker. Andrew has been researching ancient mysteries, alternative historical theories, and lost civilizations for over fifteen years and started Lost Origins to provide a sounding board for authors and researchers to share their theories and concepts with the world. He lives in Denver with his family.