Srah Srang

10th century and end of the 12th


The name means royal bathing pond. The first lake, built in the 10th century, may have been larger. This lake, built during the reign of Jayavarman VII, is about 400 by 700 meters, and is bordered with steps and a stone facing. It is across the road from the east entrance to Banteay Kdei, the Buddhist sanctuary also built by Jayavarman VII. Originally there may have been a small island sanctuary in the center of this tranquil "baray" since blocks of large stones have been found in the water there.
 
The lake has a cross-shaped landing terrace on the west side. Naga balustrades end in upright nagas--each one a snake with three heads mounted by a garuda with spread wings. The steps leading down are flanked by two lions. (See below)
 


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