Angkor Wat is the prime example of the classical style of Khmer architecture—the Angkor Wat style—to which it has given its name. By the 12th century Khmer architects had become skilled and confident in the use of sandstone (rather than brick or laterite) as the main building material.
What makes Angkor Wat a classic structure?
According to Maurice Glaize, a mid-20th-century conservator of Angkor, the temple “attains a classic perfection by the restrained monumentality of its finely balanced elements and the precise arrangement of its proportions. It is a work of power, unity and style.”
What is the design of Angkor Wat?
Design and construction
A sandstone causeway crosses the moat on its western side. The stylistic elements of the complex are characteristic of Khmer architecture and include the ogival, lotus bud-shaped towers, half-galleries, axial galleries, connecting enclosures and cruciform terraces.
What is the symbolism of the Angkor Wat?
All of the original religious motifs derived from Hinduism, and the temple was dedicated to the gods Shiva, Brahma, and Vishnu. The five central towers of Angkor Wat symbolize the peaks of Mount Meru, which according to Hindu mythology is the dwelling place of the gods.
How is Angkor Wat pronounced?
In order to communicate with locals during your visit, it will help to know how to pronounce Angkor Wat: AHNG-kor WOT.