Worldly Vistas: Temple Ruins

Ta Prohm, Cambodia

Ta Prohm
Photographed in Cambodia

Ta Prohm was built in the Bayon style largely in the late 12th and early 13th centuries. and is a templae at Angkor in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

After the fall of the Khmer Empire in the 15th century, the temple was abandoned and neglected for centuries. In the early 21st century, when an effort to conserve and restore the temples of Angkor began, the École Française d’Extrême-Orient decided that Ta Prohm would be left largely as it had been found. But as of 2013, Archaeological Survey of India had restored large parts of the temple complex, mostly to protect the fragile ruins from the huge influx of tourists.

The trees that grow out of the ruins are perhaps its most distinctive feature. UNESCO inscribed Ta Prohm on the World Heritage List in 1992.

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