Ta Prohm Temple – Cambodia

Ta Prohm Temple was founded by the Khmer King Jayavarman VII as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery and a center of learning dedicated to his mother. Almost 80,000 people were required to live in or visit the temple, including over 2,700 officials and 615 dancers.

The temple is referred to as the “Tomb Raider Temple” or the “Angelina Jolie Temple” due to its depiction in the film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. 

The temple was built without mortar and, after it was abandoned, trees took root in the loosened stones. The trees growing out of the ruins and the jungle     

Surroundings have made it one of the most popular temples with visitors to the area.

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