Elephant Terrace at Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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May 18th 2008
Published: June 21st 2017
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Just under 1000 feet long, the Elephant Terrace is made of carved sandstone; the stairways are butted with three-headed elephants. The bas-reliefs of the Elephant Terrace, depict hunting scenes and sporting events, including wrestling, chariot races, and a game that, though popular today in Europe, originated in Asia - polo!

The terrace was used by Angkor's king Jayavarman VII as a sort of stage to view his victorious returning armies and other public ceremonies . Most of the original structure was made of organic material and has long since disappeared. Most of what remains are the foundation platforms of the complex. The terrace is named for the carvings of elephants on its eastern face.

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