The name Banteay Srei (sometimes written as ‘Banteay Srey’) translates from Khmer roughly as the ‘citadel of the women’. This name has only been applied recently (that’s ‘recently’ in a scale measured in centuries, so it’s still quite old), most likely because of the pink sandstone and the delicate carvings.

This beautiful 10th-century temple is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. It has some of the most exquisite carvings of any Khmer temple and has almost a storybook ambience. The detailed carving of the sculptures, lintels, and friezes make it a beautiful structure. The walls are covered with deep, intricate carvings, each one carved with superb detail.

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