Photographer's Note

Ta Prohm was built in 1186 under Jayavarman VII who ruled from 1181 - 1220. It was built in honor of his mother. Built as a Mahayana Buddhist shrine dedicated to Buddha. It was enlarged during the rein of Indravarman II.

"This was the temple chosen by the Ecole Francaise d'Extreme-Orient to be left in its 'natural state', as an example of how most of Angkor looked on its discovery in the 19th century. This was an inspired decision, and involved a significant amount of work to prevent further collapse and enough clearing of vegetation to allow entry. It has been maintained in this condition of apparent neglect. All in all, Ta Prohm has at the romantic appeal of, say a Piranesi ruin: partly overgrown and gently declining" Previous text from the book Ancient Angkor by Michael Freeman and Claude Jacques.

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