Prasat Wat Athvea

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Prasat Wat Athvea
Native Nameប្រាសាទវត្តអធ្វារ
Alternative nameWat Althea, Wat Athvear, Kok Prasat Ta Mueng, Wat Athvea
K InscriptionK.261, K.792, K.793, K.794
Inscr. LocationIn situ
VillageKrasang Roleung
CommuneSiem Reap
DistrictSiem Reap Municipality
ProvinceSiem Reap
Coordinates13.32356, 103.84103
FoundedMid-12th Century
BuilderSuryavarman II
Art StyleAngkor Wat
MaterialLaterite, Sandstone

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Site Size & Condition: Medium Prasat Prasat Wat Athvea (ប្រាសាទវត្តអធ្វារ - Pronounced: Pra-saht Woht At-tvier)

Prasat Wat Athvea, named after the adjacent, active, Buddhist temple, is situated to the south of Siem Reap town centre just off the route leading to Phnom Krom and the Tonle Sap.

The main sandstone temple is in excellent condition and consists of an outer, laterite, enclosure wall with 4 gopuras, 4 'libraries' and a central shrine connected to the large western gopura by a cruciform pavilion. The temple dates to the Angkor Wat period and like its more illustrious cousin also faces West suggesting Vishnu as its principal deity. Traces of any moat are now indiscernible although a cruciform terrace, sometimes known as Kok Prasat Ta Mueng, lies some 100m to the west. This long entrance causeway, culminating in a cruciform platform, is reminiscent of that at Prasat Beng Mealea, although in the latter case the causeway is to the east, and any baray behind the platform is long gone at Wat Athvea.

The temple buildings themselves are devoid of much decoration, implying that the site was most likely unfinished, although a few splendid examples of Angkor Wat-style devatas can be seen. A series of inscriptions are also still in situ although most appear to post-date the sanctuary (16th century) and the only contemporary one - K.794 - is more graffiti than inscription. In theory, an Angkor pass is required for entry.

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