Angkor Wat is a temple complex in Cambodia and the largest religious monument in the world. It was first a Hindu and later a Buddhist temple. It was built by the Khmer King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century in Yaśodharapura, the capital of the Khmer Empire, as his state temple and eventual mausoleum. Breaking from the Shaiva 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 center since its foundation. The temple is at the top of the high classical style of Khmer architecture.
Angkor Wat combines two basic plans of Khmer temple architecture: the temple-mountain and the later galleried temple, based on early Dravidian architecture, with key features such as the Jagati. It is designed to represent Mount Meru, home of the devas in Hindu mythology: within a moat and an outer wall 3.6 kilometres (2.2 mi) long are three rectangular galleries, each raised above the next. At the centre of the temple stands a quincunx of towers.
The twenty closest neighbours in the database:
Angkor Thom (3 km), Temple of Ta Prohm (3 km), Temple of Banteay Kdei (4 km), Temple of Preah Kahn (6 km), Temple of Neak Pean (6 km), East Mebon Temple (7 km), Temple of Bakong (14 km), Temple of Banteay Srei (23 km), Bangkok (Thailand) (369 km), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) (425 km), Mekong Delta (435 km), Hue (Vietnam) (524 km), Temples of My Son (527 km), Hoi An (Vietnam) (553 km), Hanoi (Vietnam) (873 km), Halong Bay (905 km), Hangzhou (China) (2,513 km), Nanjing (China) (2,568 km), Shanghai (China) (2,675 km), Bangalore (India) (2,841 km)