Prasats Suor Prat

Constructed when: early 13th century (actual date not known)
Constructed by: King Jayavarman VII probably the original builder
Religion: no religious use known
Architectural style: Bayon or Post-Bayon
Location: 200 meters directly east of the Terrace of the Elephants

Prasat Suor Prat is located at the beginning of the road leading to the Gate of Victory of Angkor Thom ; 1,200 meters (3,937 feet) in front of Phimeanakas. It was built in the end of the 12th century by the King Jayavarman VII, replica to Bayon style of art.

The purpose of these towers is a source of some controversy. According to a Cambodian legend, the towers swerved as anchoring places for ropes which stretched from one to another for acrobats performing at festivals, festivals, while the king observed the performances from one of the terraces. This activity is reflected in the name of the towers. Zhou Daguan wrote about an entirely different purpose of the towers in describing a method of settling disputes between men.

Twelve little stone towers stand in front of the royal palace. Each of the contestants is forced to de seated in one of the towers, with his relatives standing guard over him. They remain imprisoned two, three, or four days. When allowed to emerge, one of them will be found to be suffering saome illness- ulcers, of catarrh, or malignant fever. The other man will be in perfect health. Thus is right or wrong determined by what is called 'celestial judgment'.

Henri Mouhot wrote that the towers were 'said to have been the royal treasure.. It served, they, as a depository for the crewels. Another theory is that they may have served as an altar for each province on the occasion of the taking of the oath of loyalty to the king.

Prasat Suor Prat is a row of 12 square laterite and sandstone towers, six on either side of the road leading to Angkor Thom, parallel to the front of the terraces. The two towers closest to the road are back slightly from the others. The towers are connected by galleries and are of similar style and construction. The towers have an unusual feature of windows with balusters on three sides.

Entrance porches open toward the square and the road to the Gate of Victory of the city of Angkor Thom. These features support the theory that these towers were used as some sort of viewing area, reserved for princes or dignitaries, on to the large square of the Royal Palace, The interior of each tower has two levels and two levels and on the upper one there is a cylindrical vault with two pediments. The frames, bays and lintels were made of sandstone.

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