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BANTEAY CHHMAR TEMPLE OF JAYAVARMAN VII

BANTEAY CHHMAR TEMPLE OF JAYAVARMAN VII
Thmar Puok, Cambodia
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BACKGROUND

A complex of eight temples deep in the Cambodian jungle, Banteay Chhmar was commissioned by the twelfth-century Khmer ruler Jayavarman VII in honor of five heroes, including his son, who died defending the Khmer empire against the Champa kingdom. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

In the late 1990s, as tourism increased in Cambodia and travelers wished to see this extraordinary complex, visitors were often unaware of the significant dangers posed because of the instability of the structures. There were fears, at the time, of imminent collapse of important areas of the temple. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

Banteay Chhmar is one of the largest Khmer complexes built outside of Angkor. The simultaneous dedication of the Buddhist temples and shrines to Hindu divinities shows the religious tolerance of the King Jayavarman VII at the time of construction. (...)