"The Size of Angkor Wat Defies Logic"
'How Big is Angkor Wat' is another most frequently asked questions we get. It slots in at the #3 position. 'When was Angkor Wat Built' comes in at #2 and the most frequently asked question we get is 'Why was Angkor Wat Built'.
It is hard to understand an answer to 'How Big is Angkor Wat' by giving you a bunch of numbers. There are very specific reasons for the size and orientation of Angkor Wat that cannot be believed.
Angkor Wat was built to resemble and honor the spiritual peaks of Mount Meru, which is one of the most revered Hindu holy sites in the World. The size of the Angkor Wat had to somehow reflect a scaled down measurement to match the mountain's peaks.
It is also a star temple.
The Great Pyramid at Giza is a Star Temple, Chichén Itzá is a star temple, and the orientation of all those temples to the stars is the most fascinating clue to who we are and even where we might be going.
The orientation of Angkor Wat, combined with other surrounding temples like Angkor Thom suggests a correlation between the temples and the Constellation of Draco.
How Big is Angkor Wat by the Numbers
There is 820,000 Square meters of land within the Outer Walls of Angkor Wat. The Outer Wall of Angkor Wat is 1024 meters by 802 meters in circumference.
The Outer Wall is 4½ meters tall and surrounded by the famous Moat, which measures 190 meters from one bank to the other. These numbers remain consistent in every part of the temple.
Some Perspective on 'How Big is Angkor Wat'
Nearly a million people lived in the 1000 sq kilometers of the city that once surrounded Angkor Wat. 1,000,000 people is more than just a number when they all decide to live in the same place.
This had to affect the size goals for the builders of Angkor Wat. It had to be the largest and tallest free-standing structure in a city of a million people. It was the Jewel of Angkor city, which is now confirmed to have been the largest city in the pre-industrial world.
Another detail is time. It always influences the resulting size of the structure. Well, I guess not always. Angkor Wat again becomes the martyr to prove the rule wrong.
That's because it only took 35 years to complete the main construction of Angkor Wat. I am sure the Bas-Reliefs we ongoing but they were mere adornments. Angkor Wat was complete.
If I compare that to Gloucester Cathedral in England or any other of the famous Cathedrals in England you will be shocked.
I chose Gloucester because it shares much with Angkor Wat. Dimensions are similar, purpose much the same and time frame in history are similar.
Gloucester Cathedral is spectacular enough to help us answer how big Angkor Wat is. Construction began in 1089 and was completed in 1499. Angkor Wat began construction near 1130ad.
And yet it took them 410 years to build Gloucester Cathedral. They finished Angkor Wat in 1145ad or about 35 years after construction began.
This is impossible according to those who we are taught to listen to. Angkor Wat and the people who lived in its shadow have secrets to tell and somebody knows them.
Angkor Wat must have been a grand site to see in its day. Where has that technology gone? Yes, they did not have iPods but they knew things, evident in the construction of Angkor Wat, that we no longer do.
They not only knew what gravity was but put it to use in highly sophisticated ways that we still don't understand.
Yet, I was taught that Sir Issac Newton discovered gravity in 1655. Guess he never asked 'How Big is Angkor Wat'. Ha, I say. I guess Aliens really did help them build Angkor Wat then? Either that or the people who built Angkor Wat could influence gravity.
I would love an answer. One thing is clear. We have lost great mounds of technology somewhere along our development. It was either lost or people have hidden it from us.
Now, it is up to you how much research you want to do on this but it becomes even more intriguing. I hope we have helped you understand just how big Angkor Wat is and was during the time of its construction.
When asked 'How Big is Angkor Wat' I should have just said; "You could fit 294 Angkor Wat's within the Las Vegas City Limits."
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