The temple above whose name translates into “Old Brahma” was made popular by this big budget Hollywood movie starring Angelina Jolie. Authorities followed a cautious approach to restoration leaving the temple largely in the original condition it was found in. It’s amazing how well nature and man-made things have merged together.
Cambodia’s Ta Prohm temple, which is near Angkor Wat – one of the 7 Ancient Wonders of the World – was the filming location for the video game-based movie, Tomb Raider. The location captured the imagination of the millions of people, which catapulted its popularity to that of Angkor Wat itself.
Massive fig and silk-cotton trees grow from the towers and corridors offering some of the best ‘tree-in-temple’ photo opportunities at Angkor.
After the fall of the Khmer empire in the 15th century, the temple of Ta Prohm was abandoned and neglected for centuries. When the effort to conserve and restore the temples of Angkor began in the early 20th century, it was decided that Ta Prohm would be left largely as it had been found, as a “concession to the general taste for the picturesque.”
According to an Angkor scholar, Ta Prohm was singled out because it was one of the most imposing temples and the one which had best merged with the jungle, but not yet to the point of becoming a part of it. Nevertheless, much work has been done to stabilize the ruins, to permit access, and to maintain this condition of apparent neglect.
Ta Prohm is a perfect example of what will happen if humans are ever wiped off the face of the Earth … nature will take over.
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