Temple of Banteay Srei

Banteay Srei or Banteay Srey is a 10th-century Cambodian temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Located in the area of Angkor in Cambodia. It lies near the hill of Phnom Dei, 25 km (16 mi) north-east of the main group of temples that once belonged to the medieval capitals of Yasodharapura and Angkor Thom.

Banteay Srei is built largely of red sandstone, a medium that lends itself to the elaborate decorative wall carvings which are still observable today. The buildings themselves are miniature in scale, unusually so when measured by the standards of Angkorian construction. These factors have made the temple extremely popular with tourists, and have led to its being widely praised as a "precious gem", or the "jewel of Khmer art."

Banteay Srei is built largely of a hard red sandstone that can be carved like wood. Brick and laterite were used only for the enclosure walls and some structural elements. The temple is known for the beauty of its sandstone lintels and pediments.

The site consists of three concentric rectangular enclosures constructed on an east–west axis. A causeway situated on the axis leads from an outer gopura, or gate, to the third or outermost of the three enclosures. The inner enclosure contains the sanctuary, consisting of an entrance chamber and three towers, as well as two buildings conventionally referred to as libraries.

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Temple of Neak Pean (17 km), East Mebon Temple (18 km), Temple of Preah Kahn (18 km), Temple of Ta Prohm (20 km), Temple of Banteay Kdei (20 km), Angkor Thom (21 km), Angkor Wat (23 km), Temple of Bakong (29 km), Bangkok (Thailand) (378 km), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) (432 km), Mekong Delta (446 km), Hue (Vietnam) (503 km), Temples of My Son (508 km), Hoi An (Vietnam) (534 km), Hanoi (Vietnam) (851 km), Halong Bay (881 km), Hangzhou (China) (2,490 km), Nanjing (China) (2,545 km), Shanghai (China) (2,653 km), Bangalore (India) (2,851 km)

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