Intricate etchings on the temple walls

Think about this: while making these stone etchings, there was zero room for error. If a mistake was made, they’d have to start all over. Talk about pressure! There was a temple in Bagan (can’t think of the name) where the man in charge wanted the bricks to line up 100% perfectly- so much so that if there was room for something so fine as a hair to get through a space, he would chop off that worker’s finger(s.) Ouch.
Each wall tells a story and these walls are loooooong. They are actually more like corridors where elephants would walk along transporting goods and people.




These etching are on the walls lining Angkor Wat. It’s called bass relief and they tell the story of 8 great wars of the Angkor kingdom. They are 2 meters high and they are 8 different stories each 75 meters long. That’s 600 meters, longer than 6 soccer fields, all perfect in design and carving and still in pristine condition.

Everything in Angkor Wat is perfectly symmetrical, to the T. It faces perfectly east. On the equinox, the sun rises perfectly through the northern corridor. The huge moat surrounding the Wat is aligned perfectly and is still full and entact. Every detail is perfect. And it’s the biggest religious building in the world. Tireless attention to detail, constructed nearly 1000 years ago. Incredible!!

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