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The ancient Khmer capital of Angkor is a photographer's paradise. There must be zillions of Angkor pictures out here (and out here). This is my take, I hope you like it. Angkor Wat is one of the most impressive places I've ever visited and its beauty is endless.

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Angkor is a name conventionally applied to the region of Cambodia serving as the seat of the Khmer empire that flourished from the 9th to the 15th century A.D. The word "Angkor" itself is derived from the Sanskrit "nagara," meaning "city."

The ruins are located amid forests and farmland to the north of the Great Lake (Tonle Sap) and are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temples number over one thousand, ranging from nondescript piles of brick rubble to the magnificent Angkor Wat, said to be the world's largest single religious monument.

Many of the temples at Angkor have now been restored and visitor numbers approach two million annually.

In 2007 an international team of researchers using satellite photographs and other modern techniques concluded that Angkor had been the largest preindustrial city in the world with an urban sprawl of 1,150 square miles. The closest rival to Angkor, the Mayan city of Tikal in Guatemala, was roughly 50 square miles in total size.

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