Banteay Srei is a 10th century Cambodian temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. It is the only major Angkor temple that was not built by a monarch. Rather, it is credited to a counsellor to king Rajendravarman who was a scholar and philanthropist that helped those who suffered from illness, injustice, or poverty.
Banteay Srei is built of red sandstone, which was probably chosen for its affinity for carving. The bas reliefs on this temple are definitely of a higher quality than others and have been astonishingly well-preserved. This and the small scale of the temple make it a highly recommended site to visit. (Rick Green photo | View slideshow)
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