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2012-12-05-04-43-31_p1090273_prasat-muang-tam-temple-khmer.jpg  A view of the main entrance with its imposing doorwaysprasat-muang-tam-temple-khmerA view of the main entrance with its imposing doorwaysprasat-muang-tam-temple-khmer

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A view of the main entrance with its imposing doorwaysprasat-muang-tam-temple-khmerA view of the main entrance with its imposing doorwaysprasat-muang-tam-temple-khmer


2012-12-05-04-48-20_p1090284_prasat-muang-tam-temple-khmer.jpg  the main central tower has collapsed as its platform has tilted and subsided into the silt below.The base is a platform of large stone blocks and steep steps. The towers are solidly built of thin brick. there is evidence that the bricks were deeply carved and shaped, with carved stones above the doorways.There were probably many more tiers of brick on top of the towers.Steep and narrow steps are typical of the Khmer architecture.

The four central towers at Prasat Muang Tam Temple Khmer

the main central tower has collapsed as its platform has tilted and subsided into the silt below. The base is a platform of large stone blocks and steep steps. The towers are solidly built of thin brick. there is evidence that the bricks were deeply carved and shaped, with carved stones above the doorways. There were probably many more tiers of brick on top of the towers. Steep and narrow steps are typical of the Khmer architecture.


2012-12-05-04-43-31_p1090273_prasat-muang-tam-temple-khmer.jpg  A view of the main entrance with its imposing doorwaysprasat-muang-tam-temple-khmerA view of the main entrance with its imposing doorwaysprasat-muang-tam-temple-khmer

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A view of the main entrance with its imposing doorwaysprasat-muang-tam-temple-khmerA view of the main entrance with its imposing doorwaysprasat-muang-tam-temple-khmer


2012-12-05-04-44-10_p1090274_prasat-muang-tam-temple-khmer.jpg  This building is built of large square blocks of pink stone , and probably had a thatch and timber roof.The windows are large and square and have vertical bars of turned stone. It may be that other buildings had window bars of turned wood.the building stands on a double platform of large dark stone blocks, and is approached by steep steps.Ornate carvings decorate the doorways

Pink stone building at Prasat Muang Tam Temple Khmer

This building is built of large square blocks of pink stone , and probably had a thatch and timber roof. The windows are large and square and have vertical bars of turned stone. It may be that other buildings had window bars of turned wood. the building stands on a double platform of large dark stone blocks, and is approached by steep steps. Ornate carvings decorate the doorways


2012-12-05-04-44-23_p1090275_prasat-muang-tam-temple-khmer.jpg  Sitting on the stone steps

A figure gives a sense of scale at Prasat Muang Tam Temple Khmer

Sitting on the stone steps


2012-12-05-04-44-42_p1090276_prasat-muang-tam-temple-khmer.jpg  Several diferent styles of carving are visible above this doorway.The multi headed snake is one of the commonest designs.

deeply incised carving above the doorway at Prasat Muang Tam Temple Khmer

Several diferent styles of carving are visible above this doorway. The multi headed snake is one of the commonest designs.


2012-12-05-04-45-06_p1090277_prasat-muang-tam-temple-khmer.jpg  This beautifully constructed stone wall surrounds the main precinct. The top layer are massive blocks of rounded stone that bulge out over the wall below and would make it almost impossible for a person to climb without a ladder.

A substantial wall alongside the doorway - Prasat Muang Tam Temple Khmer

This beautifully constructed stone wall surrounds the main precinct. The top layer are massive blocks of rounded stone that bulge out over the wall below and would make it almost impossible for a person to climb without a ladder.


2012-12-05-04-45-18_p1090278_prasat-muang-tam-temple-khmer.jpg  Some of the finest carving appears on the doorways. These 45 degree corners seem typical of khmer architecture here.the lintel is heavily carved.

beautifully carved doorway at Prasat Muang Tam Temple Khmer

Some of the finest carving appears on the doorways. These 45 degree corners seem typical of khmer architecture here. the lintel is heavily carved.


2012-12-05-04-45-27_p1090279_prasat-muang-tam-temple-khmer.jpg  The precinct wall shows signs of subsidence, but not collapse.

Subsidence visible in the precinct wall at Prasat Muang Tam Temple Khmer

The precinct wall shows signs of subsidence, but not collapse.


2012-12-05-04-46-17_p1090280_prasat-muang-tam-temple-khmer.jpg  Water lillies grow in the sacred lakes. Steep flights of steps lead down to the water

sacred lakes atPrasat Muang Tam Temple Khmer

Water lillies grow in the sacred lakes. Steep flights of steps lead down to the water


2012-12-05-04-46-29_p1090281_prasat-muang-tam-temple-khmer.jpg  A good view of the L shaped temple lakes at this Khmer temple which illustrates the importance of water.Again the steep flights of steps.

L shaped temple lake at Prasat Muang Tam Temple Khmer

A good view of the L shaped temple lakes at this Khmer temple which illustrates the importance of water. Again the steep flights of steps.


2012-12-05-04-46-37_p1090282_prasat-muang-tam-temple-khmer.jpg  The gateway is built of large blocks of pinkish stone on top of a dark stone block platform.A major feature are the large windows with their turned stone bars to allow ventilation and light.The towers inside rise above the outer walls.

An imposing gateway guards the inner sanctuary at Prasat Muang Tam Temple Khmer

The gateway is built of large blocks of pinkish stone on top of a dark stone block platform. A major feature are the large windows with their turned stone bars to allow ventilation and light. The towers inside rise above the outer walls.


2012-12-05-04-47-31_p1090283_prasat-muang-tam-temple-khmer.jpg  Detailed carvings decorate the doorway.The diagonal corners can also be seen in the windows.

A close up view of the impressive entrance gateway at Prasat Muang Tam Temple Khmer

Detailed carvings decorate the doorway. The diagonal corners can also be seen in the windows.


2012-12-05-04-48-31_p1090285_prasat-muang-tam-temple-khmer.jpg  Four of the towers remain. The fifth central tower has collapsed.

The brick temple towers of the inner precinct at Prasat Muang Tam Temple Khmer

Four of the towers remain. The fifth central tower has collapsed.


2012-12-05-04-48-38_p1090286_prasat-muang-tam-temple-khmer.jpg  A brick built tower contrasts with the stone surrounding buildings.The nearest building shows construction in both brick and stone.Note the window with its lintel with diagonal faces, but a cental mortice in stone, making a very strong and earthquake proof structure.

Contrasting styles of building in the central precinct at Prasat Muang Tam Temple Khmer

A brick built tower contrasts with the stone surrounding buildings. The nearest building shows construction in both brick and stone. Note the window with its lintel with diagonal faces, but a cental mortice in stone, making a very strong and earthquake proof structure.


2012-12-05-04-49-29_p1090287_prasat-muang-tam-temple-khmer.jpg  This carved lintel features a brahmin bull

A beautifully carved lintel at Prasat Muang Tam Temple Khmer

This carved lintel features a brahmin bull


2012-12-05-04-49-43_p1090288_prasat-muang-tam-temple-khmer.jpg  Another carved lintel

Another carved lintel Prasat Muang Tam Temple Khmer

Another carved lintel


2012-12-05-04-50-26_p1090289_prasat-muang-tam-temple-khmer.jpg  A line of doorways between the brick towers

A closer view of the brick towers Prasat Muang Tam Temple Khmer

A line of doorways between the brick towers


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