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What is the world's largest religious monument?
There are millions of religious monuments spread
throughout the world. Some are simple crosses that are small and symbolic while
others are much larger pieces. But can you name the world’s largest religious
That would be Angkor Wat, which is located in
Angkor, Cambodia. The site is a series of temples and it was originally built
early in the 12th century. At that time, King Suryavarman II had it built to
serve as both his state temple as well as the capital city. And not only is
Angkor Wat the largest religious monument in the world, it’s also one of the
only temples in the world that has retained its original purpose – to serve for
religious purposes. Although its exact religion has changed from Hinduism to
Buddhism, this is still very much a place of worship. But, just how big is it?
For starters, Angkor Wat is surrounded by a giant
moat on all four sides that measures 190 meters wide. The outer wall is 1024
meters long by 802 meters wide. In addition to that, the outer wall is also 4.5
meters high. In total, the exterior wall of Angkor Wat takes up a grand total of
820,000 square meters of space. That’s about 203 acres! Inside are three
rectangular towers, with each one being raised above the next.
The entire temple is designed to pay tribute to
Mount Meru, which is thought to be the home of the gods. The quincunx of towers
that also lies inside the giant monument are meant to symbolize the five peaks
of the mountains. And the exterior walls, as well as the moat, are meant to be
symbols of the surrounding mountains and oceans that lay around and within Mount
Angkor Wat is a structure that Cambodia is highly
known for. Not only are these religious grounds still a main attraction for
visitors to Cambodia, but it’s also shown on the country’s national flag.