Angkor was the temple-filled capital city of the Khmer Empire during its zenith (802 - 1432 AD). The empire was ruled over by a Devaraja (god-king) with Hindu and Mahayana Buddhism the religions which bound ruler and subjects together. Over the centuries a myriad of palaces, citadels, temples and monasteries were built to honour the king and pay tribute to the gods. 
Temple-building on such a massive scale ultimately overstretched the empire's natural and financial resources. Internecine rivalries and competing religious beliefs led to civil wars. Neighbouring Thai and Cham (Vietnamese) incursions eventually brought about the downfall of Angkor. Ravaged and abandoned by its populace, wooden houses decayed into oblivion and the jungle overtook the temples and citadels.

Terrace of the Leper King, Angkor Thom

Angkor Thom North Gate

Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara Head, Angkor Thom North Gate

Terrace of Elephants, Angkor Thom
Apsaras, Terrace of the Leper King

Terrace of the Leper King, Angkor Thom

Phimeanakas (celestial palace), Angkor Thom

Ta Prohm
Ta Prohm
Preah Khan

Preah Khan (Jayatataka) Baray

Entrance to Baphuon Temple, Angkor Thom
Monks at Preah Neak Poan

Preah Khan (Jayatataka) Baray

Angkor Thom, gate to the Royal Enclosure
Taking a break at Bayon

One of many Avalokiteshvara faces at Bayon

Inside Bayon

Buddhist statue at Bayon

Asuras (demon gods)
Devas (guardian gods)
Bridge to Angkor Thom's south gate

Wedding photos at the temple of Preah Khan

Preah Khan (the Sacred Sword), eastern wall

Apsaras dance at Bayon
Monkey warrior fights Khmer warrior at Baphuon temple

Apsara carving at Ta Prohm Buddhist temple

Ta Prohm temple

Ta Prohm
Ta Prohm
Banteay Kdei

Hallway, Banteay Kdei

Banteay Kdei Temple

Buddhist Shrine at Banteay Kdei

Window, Baphuon
False door, Eastern Mebon

Angkor Wat (City Temple), viewed from the southern reflection pool

Lions (possibly Garuda) guard the terrace entrance to Angkor Wat

Corridor with Apsaras at Angkor Wat
Apsara (heavenly nymph) at Angkor Wat

Sunset at Angkor Wat's moat

Sunrise at Angkor Wat

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