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One of the most popular attractions in all of Cambodia, the 10th Century temple Banteay Srei is located in the province of Angkor in North West Cambodia. The temple is known as a precious gem among all the temples and is described as a jewel of Khmer architecture. It is also significant as it is a major temple not built by a ruling king. Banteay Srei was built with the purpose of sole dedication and honouring of the God Shiva of the Hindu religion. Compared to other Angkor temples in the area in terms of size, it is quite minimal. But the lack of size is compensated by the high level of detail in all of the carvings in the temple.
Initially called Tribhuvanamahesvara, the modern name Banteay Srei translates to ‘citadel of the women’ or the ‘citadel of beauty’ in the local language. There has been speculation over why this is, including the belief that the Khmer women may have built it, given the exquisite design and intricate architectural work. It is also commonly believed that the name concerns both the miniature scale of the temple in terms of size and the pink colour of the sandstone used to in the temple’s construction. Whatever the truth is, the beauty of the temple remains unparalleled.
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