Download Cambodia - BANTEAY SREI (2of7) [EN]
Cambodia - BANTEAY SREI (2of7) [EN]
Cambodia - BANTEAY SREI (2of7) [EN]
Facing east, Banteay Srei is arranged in three concentric enclosures, each offset slightly towards the W. These are approached, from the E, by a 67m-long causeway, but there is no trace of the usual e...
Facing east, Banteay Srei is arranged in three concentric enclosures, each offset slightly towards the W. These are approached, from the E, by a 67m-long causeway, but there is no trace of the usual earth bank that would have marked the limits of the town around the temple -only one spacious outer gopura opening onto the causeway marks the the eastern boundary. Possibly, a wooden palisade formed the outer enclosure, which would probably have been about 500m square.

The outermost (third) enclosure measures 95 x 110m, with a laterite wall and gopuras on the E and W. Inside this is a moat divided by two causeways on the E and W. The two inner enclosures are much closer together, measuring 38 x 42m and 24 x 24m, and the space between them taken up almost completely by six 'long galleries', two longer ones on the N and S sides, four shorter flanking the gopuras on the E and W.

The innermost (first) enclosure had a brick wall, with a single gopura on the E and on the W. However, the central entrance of the latter was closed to create a shrine and entry was on either side. A raised terrace at its centre carries the three sanctuary towers, arranged in a N-S line, and a mandapa connected to the central tower by an antarala. Two 'libraries' in the NE and SE corners complete the ensemble.
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