Angkor Wat – Cambodia by Nikon (20)

Portuguese explorers already visited Angkor Wat in the 16th century. But it was the account of French naturalist Henri Mouhot, who came to Angkor in 1860, that turned the ruins into an international obsession. The French explorer wrote of it:
“One of these temples, a rival to that of Solomon, and erected by some ancient Michelangelo, might take an honorable place beside our most beautiful buildings. It is grander than anything left to us by Greece or Rome, and presents a sad contrast to the state of barbarism in which the nation is now plunged.”

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