The Temples of Angkor, Cambodia are truly deserving of their "Wonder of the World" status. They were constructed between the 9th and 13th centuries by the Khmer civilization. This was the capital of their empire,which at one time ruled most of SE Asia. The ruins are scattered over a huge area that is surrounded by a very dense jungle. Every one of the ruins is surreal in its own way, and Lisy and I felt as if we were on the set of an Indiana Jones movie. In fact, the movie Tomb Raider was filmed here.
The most amazing of all the ruins is Angkor Wat, constructed in the 1100's. It is still the largest religious building in the world! We were shocked that any ancient civilization could have even imagined, much less built, such a structure. The huge stone buildings and towers are covered in extremely detailed bas relief carvings that have somehow lasted all these years. The scenes on the carvings gave us a glimpse into the lives of these people and their God-Kings. To give an example of the size of just this one temple- the square moat that surrounds it is over a mile in each direction!
Other temples had hundreds of stone faces that seemed to watch your every move. And the most romantic of the temples were the ones where the archeologists had not cleared the jungle. Giant tree roots and vines were devouring the ruins, and we litterally climbed over them while exploring the maze of interior passages. The Temples of Angkor are like a trip back in time, and they are well worth the searing heat and humidity. We really took over 100 pictures, but the computers here are slow so we uploaded about 20-enjoy.