Photographer's Note

East from Ta Prohm is Pre Rup. The temple's name is pronounced "PRY ROOP" ("OO" as in "loop").

Built entirely of brick and laterite, Pre Rup is distinguished by its ruddy hue. The first temple we visited modeled after mythological "Mt. Meru." Sort of like "Mt. Olympus" it is the home of the Hindu gods. Perfectly square and located at the center of the universe, it is the axis around which the continents and seas are arrayed. A popular temple model, it typically manifests as an artificial hill of three tiers topped by five towers in quincunx with smaller temples and structures arrayed below and either a surrounding moat or lake to represent the cosmic seas. Looking upwards from the eastern entry, they almost look like stairs. They are more like block walls with each layer offset 5-7 cm (2-3 inches). An architectural necessity to maintain the overtly dramatic rise.

I took this shot with the tree in the middle to have that additional colour in the palette..Critiques welcome

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