Prasat Ta Keo (Siem Reap)

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Prasat Ta Keo
Native Nameប្រាសាទ​តាកែវ
Alternative namePrasat Kev, Hemasringagiri, Hemagiri, Prasat Preah Keo
K InscriptionK.275, K.276, K.277, K.278, K.534, K.535, K.536
Inscr. LocationIn situ
Part ofYasodharapura II, Yasodharapura III, Angkor
CommuneNokor Thom
DistrictSiem Reap Municipality
ProvinceSiem Reap
Coordinates13.44479, 103.88249
FoundedLate 10th-early 11th Century
BuilderJayavarman V, Suryavarman I
Art StyleKhleang
UNESCO Inscription1992

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Site Size & Condition: Large Prasat Prasat Ta Keo (ប្រាសាទ​តាកែវ - Pronounced: Pra-saht Ta Kae'ow)

Jayavarman V's impressive pyramid temple is not only an imposing site but a highly innovative and architecturally important one. It's considered to be both the first major, all-sandstone temple as well as the first (with the possible exception of Phimeanakas) to display a complete concentric gallery which was to become an essential feature of later temple design. (Yasovarman toyed with the idea but his galleries were never continuous structures.) Both Ta Keo and Phimeanakas, although inaugurated at earlier dates, are thought to have been completed and continued, respectively, by Suryavarman I so we perhaps have him to thank for the architectural innovation?

We say continued since Ta Keo was never fully completed and inscriptions refer to the site being cursed as workers were struck by lightning during construction! Nonetheless, the large pyramid is considered to be the state temple of Jayavarman V under the name Hemagiri or Hemasringagiri, (gold-topped mountain).

The construction itself is a 5-tier pyramid with gopuras and 2 eastern galleries on the 1st level, gopuras, 'libraries' and a complete gallery on the 2nd, and 5 towers with porches on the upper, 5th, tier. The lower level or base measures 122 x 106m and total height is some 45m. Due to it never having been completed decoration is largely lacking apart from a few generic lintels, now displayed on the ground. The main entrance is towards the east where a 500m causeway connects the temple to a landing stage on the East Baray although no traces of any outer enclosure or moat remain.

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