Banteay Srei

Cambodia, north of Angkor
Consecrated April 22, 967 (plan)

Located 20km (12mi) north of Angkor, this small but exquisite little jewel of a temple was built by Yajnavaraha, an official of Rajendravarman (944-968) and guru of Jayavarman V (968-1000). As if to make up for its diminutive size (the first, inner, enclosure is a mere 24m, about 80', square), Banteay Srei (pronounced "BAHN-tay SHREE") is carved on every square inch with outstanding fineness and detail.

The temple's second enclosure with gopura is seen here, from just slightly north of east, reflected in the surrounding moat.