A view of the entrance from the top-most level of Angkor Wat
The image taken from the top-most level of Angkor Wat shows a view of the space between the outer entrance and the main entrance of the temple complex on the west side.
The symmetry with which the temple is built is evident from this image. Connecting the outer entrance to the main entrance is a causeway that lies exactly in the middle of the temple. The temple structures are symmetrical about an imaginary east-west axis that lies in the middle of the causeway. In other words, the structures on the south of the causeway are the mirror images of structures on the north of the causeway. As you can see from the image, two similar looking library structures are situated at the same distance from of the causeway.
At the far end (i.e., outer entrance), the image shows part of the gallery consisting of three gopuras at the perimeter of the outer enclosure. The middle gopura is taller than the other two and is the entrance. See the other side of this gallery.
At the near end (i.e., main entrance), the image shows the pediment of the door located on the lower level gallery. The bas-relief on the pediment depicts a scene from the Battle of Kurukshetra, an episode from the Hindu epic Mahabharata.
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