, UNESCO World Heritage List #: 668
Angkor Wat is the largest first Hindu, and then Buddhist temple complex and the largest religious monument in the world. The temple was built by the Khmer King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century in Yasodharapura (present-day Angkor), the capital of the Khmer Empire, as his state temple and eventual mausoleum. Breaking from the Shaivism tradition of previous kings, Angkor Wat was instead dedicated to Vishnu. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation – first Hindu, then Buddhist. The temple is at the top of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country’s prime attraction for visitors.
I’ve been collecting postcards since I was a kid, since I found out a bunch of postcards that my father sent my mother when he was serving in the Army (the year long military service there was once in Italy, mandatory when you turned 18 or something and only for boys…) way before they got married. Since then, I treasured each card relatives and friends sent me. At first I had them all in a pile in a shoe box, then I discovered postcrossing and decided to use photo albums to catalog them. Now I have more than 700, all of them in my postcard gallery but their just an image, I don’t know almost anything of what they represent (except for some of the Italian ones bought by me while I was ‘tripping’/vacationing in those cities) so I think I’m going to choose a postcard of the week and find everything I can about that place and write it here. So on Tuesday, I’m going to create a Postcard Tuesday and explain something about that particular monument, building and so on Let’s see if I can keep up this ‘section’ of the site :D