Satellite Image of Ankor Wat – “The Sacred Temple of Peace”
IKONOS Satellite Image (1 m) – Ankor Wat Temple, Cambodia
Acquisition Date: April 12, 2004
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Created as a constant reminder of a greater cosmic order, the observatory at Angkor Wat shows several apparent solar alignments with a nearby mountaintop shrine. A person standing at Pre Rup, six kilometers away, could watch the sun set over Angkor Wat at winter solstice. A person standing in the southwestern corner of the temple could watch a rising sun through the eastern gate during the summer solstice.
Ankor Wat Temple, Cambodia
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The modern name, Angkor Wat, means “City Temple”. Built for king Suryavarman II between 802 and 1220 AD and surrounded by a moat nearly 200 meters wide, the temple is a prime example of Khmer architecture, and it has become symbolic of Cambodian culture, appearing on the nation’s flag. For more information on Ankor Wat, visit here.
To view a 360 degree panoramic view of Ankor Wat, visit here.