Photographer's Note

The ruins of one of the temples in the Rolous Group, Lolei, which is one of the oldest temples in the region. The name "Lolei" is evidently a "phonetic corruption," but it's commonly used in the Siem Riep province; the name derived from Harihara-alay, the name of the first 9th century Angkor capital centered around the Rolous site. The gray "concrete" structures attached to the temple once housed "guardian" figures. Lolei Temple was built by King Yasovarman I at the end of the 9th century, dedicated in 893 AD. It originally consisted of four tower sancturaries, only the ruins of which remain. There are some remaining inscriptions at the site, in both Sanskrit and Khmer, and were written in a type of "calligraphy," as they are somewhat different in style from other inscriptions we saw, particularly those at Banteay Srei. Remaining texts provide valuable information about the consecration of the temple and the functions of the priests who tended each tower. The temple was dedicated to the memory of the king's ancestors according to some sources. It was once located on a central "island" in the Indratataka (Baray of Hariharalaya), which measured 3,900 X 800 meters. The large reservoir which bears the name of its constructor (Indravarman, the father of Yasovarman) was built on the fifth day of his coronation, according to Sanskrit inscriptions; it's now dry, but it's interesting because you can still see the stone boat docks! The temple and reservoir are technically outside the Angkor Complex, which they predate by several centuries. The temple is located at the northern end of the Roluos Group so it's a bit out of town. We greatly enjoyed some of the Cambodian countryside on our drive to them, however. Only in the past decade or so have visitors been able to visit the sites, as the region wasn't "stable" enough because of continued fighting and the poor quality of the roads, but things have since improved.

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  • Copyright: Terez Anon (terez93) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 74 W: 78 N: 614] (1382)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2002-01-00
  • Categories: Ruins
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2007-10-26 11:39
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Additional Photos by Terez Anon (terez93) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 74 W: 78 N: 614] (1382)
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