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The largest complex of temples in the world
Angkor is the name of a region near the city of Siem Reap in Cambodia. From the 9th to the 15th century this city was the centre of the historic Khmer kingdom of Kambuja.
Angkor became world-famous through the evidence of Khmer architecture that is still visible today, unique complexes of temples, and above all Angkor Wat, the largest set of temples in the world.
In a total area of more than 200 square kilometres a succession of capital cities was built, each of them with an enormous major temple in its centre. So far more than one thousand temples and shrines of varying sizes have been found. It is calculated that in the heyday of the historic kingdom up to one million people might have lived around Angkor, an area of about one thousand square kilometres.
Some of the temples are still mined, even today. Others bear a sign saying: “This temple has been cleared of mines.” One automatically wonders what the situation is in the temple next door which one had also wanted to visit!
Source and further information: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angkor
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