Monday, November 13, 2006
Cambodia - the Angkor Wat temple complex
Built as a Hindu centre, it became a Buddhist site.
It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country's prime attraction for visitors.
It is designed to represent Mount Meru, home of the gods in Hindu mythology: within a moat and an outer wall 3.6 km (2.2 miles) long are three rectangular galleries, each raised above the next. At the centre of the temple stands a quincunx of towers.