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Historical Sites of Cambodia

Thousands of people choose to take one of the many fantastic Cambodia holidays every year, although for many though this holiday destination is still a mystery.
This article looks to give you an idea of just a few of the brilliant historical sites you can visit on a holiday here.
Top of our list is the famous Angkor Wat.
It's one of the most famous temple sites in the world and also happens to boast the title of the largest religious building on the planet.
The site is just less than 1.
5 square kilometers in size and despite being hundreds of years old the buildings are still in remarkably good condition, it's continues to survive the passing of years and thousands of tourists the visit every year.
From the exterior it's easy to see why Angkor Wat is so famous, with its impressive turreted form and beautiful appearance; to really experience its beauty though you need to visit the site in the early morning to see the sunrise over the beautiful peaks of the temple.
Next on the list and in a similar vein to Angkor Wat, are Angkor Thom and the fantastic Bayon temple located here.
Angkor Thom is located just 15 miles from the Angkor Wat site and is know to be the last and most enduring capital city of the Khmer empire; its name translates into "Great City".
Some of the sites most famous structures include the five entrance gates that feature the four faces of Avalokiteshvara, a Buddhist god; the Phimeanakas Temple, located on the site that was once the royal palace; and the fantastic Baphuon Temple, which is currently being restored.
The last item in that list, the Bayon temple, is worth a mention on its own too, as it's one of the most notable buildings on the Angkor Thom site.
The temple is well know for featuring the Stone Heads of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, hundreds of stone faces of the god Avalokiteshvara adorn the surface of this impressive building, it really is an incredible sight.
Finally we have the beautiful ruins of the Temple of Ta Prohm.
Where as the other sites in this article are constantly being restored and conserved, the Temple of Ta Prohm has been allowed to gradually be reclaimed by nature and because of this it offers a fantastic opportunity so see what happens when a site is reclaimed by nature.
The temple has become a sort of homage to the power of time and nature; the curling vines and mossy stones really do evoke a strange sense of peace and beauty.

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