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Cleaning : 1908.

Celestial Palace.

Phimeanakas - X century.

Le Phimeanakas est une pyramide qui se trouvait dans les parties privées du Palais Royal (peut-être un temple réservé au roi et à ses proches). Tcheou Ta Kouan, le visiteur chinois du XIIIème siècle, l’appelait « La Tour d’Or » et rapporte dans ses écrits la légende suivante qui y serait attachée :
« Dans le palais il y a une tour d’or au sommet de laquelle couche le roi. Tous les indigènes prétendent que, dans la tour, il y a un serpent à neuf têtes. Il apparait tous les soirs sous la forme d’une femme. C’est avec elle que le roi couche d’abord et s’unit. Même les premières femmes du roi n’oseraient entrer. Si une nuit l’âme de ce serpent n’apparait pas c’est que l’heure de la mort du roi est venue ».

Phimeanakas is the name of a pyramid that was in the private parts of the Royal Palace (perhaps a temple reserved for the king and his relatives). Tcheou Ta Kouan, the Chinese visitor of the thirteenth century, called it «The Golden Tower» and reports in his writings the following legend which would be attached to it:
« In the palace there is a golden tower at the top of which lies the king. All the natives claim that in the tower there is a snake with nine heads. It appears every night in the form of a woman. It was with her that the king slept first. Even the king’s first wives would not dare enter. If one night the soul of this serpent does not appear is that the hour of the death of the king has come».

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victorswan05-Feb-2023 11:44
Ces temples témoignent de la puissance de ce peuple. Il est étonnant de voir comment ils ont réussi à faire tout cela.
une photographie fantastique. BV
Dan Greenberg31-Jan-2023 01:39
Smashing artistic image! I love the warm tone color cast and that fantastic frame. It all works so well with your well designned composition. ~BV~
Bryan Murahashi29-Jan-2023 05:19
An amazing sight of this beautiful ancient palace.
Nick Paoni28-Jan-2023 19:44
What a fascinating piece of history. I can almost image what it looked like in its hay day.
Jeff Real28-Jan-2023 14:42
What an incredible work of art!
This is a museum piece for sure!
marie-jose wolff28-Jan-2023 12:56
quelle architecture fabuleuse, les minutieux détails sont bien mis en évidence! V
Zoltán Balogh28-Jan-2023 09:17
Marvellous implementation! V
Charlene Ambrose28-Jan-2023 07:28
An impressive palace with an interesting history. V
Gill Kopy28-Jan-2023 06:29
Love the story - one way to get a good night's sleep :) Looks pretty precarious now ! V
Nirvan Hope28-Jan-2023 03:01
Such a richly colored image of this impressive ancient palace. Excellent.
laine28-Jan-2023 02:20
It is so lovely now but imagine what it was like when new....outstanding photos. V
larose forest photos28-Jan-2023 01:13
This is a striking shot, it looks like a vintage photo. Beautifully photographed image. VV
janescottcumming27-Jan-2023 23:05
Quite a story to go with this magnificent place. V
Don27-Jan-2023 22:31
That's a remarkable edifice and an intriguing story.
Helen Betts27-Jan-2023 18:15
Well framed shot of the palace, and such an interesting narrative as well. V.
carabias27-Jan-2023 18:09
The fear, the fear of being assassinated by the ruling elite, both in Rome and in Asia... the stone endures but has no human or spiritual legacy. They were wild. The image is pretty. V
bill friedlander27-Jan-2023 16:52
A fine building with a fascinating story behind it. Great tones. V
globalgadabout27-Jan-2023 16:15
a heavenly palace for sure...the appearance of your image resembles the old watercolour paintings made there a century or more ago..fine work..
joseantonio27-Jan-2023 16:02
what an amazing place to visit.V.
Walter Otto Koenig27-Jan-2023 15:57
What a great building. Really like your processing work and presentation for this. "V"
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