11 July 2012

Temple of the Black Virgin

Modern monastery
Prasat Neang Khmao, or the temple of the black virgin, was a site we visited on the way to the breathtaking site of Phnom Chisor. Located in the south of Cambodia, we undertook a special trip to this remote place. 

It is only a small site, where my tour guide usually starts his tour and delivers his overview on the area and the sites which we were about to visit. A modern temple with many young monks is part of the site which dates back to the tenth or eleventh century A.D.

Middle tower
Prasat Neang Khmao consists of two brick and sandstone towers and a small pagoda of a newer date in one line next to each other. 

Back in time, this site here connected an ancient highway between Koh Ker and Beng Mealea sites, to the east of Angkor Wat. 

My tour guide got one of the officials of the temple to open the locked doors for us, so we could take a look inside the large tower and see the original brick stones and the deities which are kept inside.  

The lintel above the door of the left tower is one of the noteworthy items, as are the octagonal columns of the door frames. 

Prasat Neang Khmao is a very quiet place with rice fields, farmers and cows being about the only things to see in this rural part of Cambodia.

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