The most famous temple of the Angkor Wat Complex is magnificent Angkor Wat. This architectural masterpiece covers an area of about 210 hectares. It was constructed in the 12th century by Suryavarman II, and dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. The Western approach to the Site is across a surrounding moat and along a raised stone causeway for 250 meters to the main part of the Temple.
Three levels of rectangular or square platforms rise up to support five towers - one in each corner and one in the center of the third level. The top of the central tower measures 65 meters from ground level and symbolizes mythical Mount Meru.
There are many galleries with columns, libraries, pavilions, courtyards and ponds full of water reflecting the towering temple. Intricately carved bas-reliefs extend the length of the outer walls and corridors, depicting mythological scenes and day-to-day life at the time of Angkor's construction.