The 10th century Hindu temple, Banteay Srei is situated 23 miles North to the famous Angkor Wat. Built mainly of red sandstone, the temple is a unique structure constructed by one of the counsellors of King Rajendravarman. When looking for accommodation in the area an option that could be considered is a stay at a boutique hotel Siem Reap offer such as Anantara Angkor Resort & Spa.
Banteay Srei, which means “Citadel of Women”, consists of low walls surrounding pointy structures. It is believed that the delicateness of the carvings were due to the fact that it was carved by women. The carvings at the temple depict ancient Hindu tales and are well preserved up to date. Primarily dedicated to God Shiva the temple was rebuilt and expanded during the 11th century. The temple is also referred to as the “Citadel of Beauty”
The temple complex consists of three enclosures on east-west axis. A landing bridge and an outer gopura, that leads to the third of the three enclosures. Inner area consists of a sanctuary and paves the way to the entrance chamber as well as three towers and the two buildings which are referred to as the libraries. Even though it is located out of the way the Banteay Srei temple should be included in your excursions in the city as it has a great history behind it and the architecture and the intricate designs are worth exploring.
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