Prasat Chau Say Tevoda

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Prasat Chau Say Tevoda
Native Nameប្រាសាទចៅសាយទេវតា
Part ofYasodharapura II, Yasodharapura III, Angkor
CommuneNokor Thom
DistrictSiem Reap Municipality
ProvinceSiem Reap
Coordinates13.44547, 103.87748
FoundedMid-12th Century
BuilderDharanindravarman I (?), Suryavarman II
Art StyleAngkor Wat
MaterialSandstone, Laterite
DeityVishnu, Shiva
Year/s Restored2000-2009
UNESCO Inscription1992

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Site Size & Condition: Medium Prasat Prasat Chau Say Tevoda (ប្រាសាទចៅសាយទេវតា - Pronounced: Pra-saht Jaow Psy Te-vo-da)

Is a slight upgrade on what is often referred to as its sister temple, Prasat Thommanon, across the road. The central shrine, mandapa and main - eastern - gopura are almost identical but in this case, 3 more substantial gopuras mark the other cardinal points along the (ruined) inner enclosure wall and a pair of 'libraries' make an appearance in the eastern section of the enclosure. An eastern entrance causeway with a cruciform naga terrace seems to have been added during the 13th-century. A series of depressions - perhaps representing ponds - can be detected but no moat.

Most of the construction is in sandstone and in good condition after the monument was extensively restored/rebuilt between 2000 and 2009. As with Thommanon many of the pediments, lintels and devatas are in good condition and again, certain Buddhist themes (some subsequently defaced) seem to hint at the temple having been started by the Buddhist monarch Dharanindravarman I and completed in more classic Angkor Wat style by Suryavarman II.

An immaculate statue of 'Preah Ko' or Nandin can be found at the entrance of Angkor National Museum.

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