CATEGORY | Restoration and Conservation
SERVICES PROVIDED | Restoration and strengthening
LOCATION | Siem Reap, Cambodia
PROJECT DURATION | 2012
PROJECT VALUE | € 5.000.000,00
Angkor Wat is a Hindu temple complex in Cambodia and is the largest religious monument in the world, on a site measuring 162.6 hectares (1,626,000 m2). Originally constructed as a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Vishnu for the Khmer Empire, it was gradually transformed into a Buddhist temple towards the end of the 12th century.It was built by the Khmer King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century in Yaśodharapura (present-day Angkor), the capital of the Khmer Empire, as his state temple and eventual mausoleum. Breaking from the Shaiva tradition of previous kings, Angkor Wat was instead dedicated to Vishnu. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation. The temple is at the top of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country’s prime attraction for visitors.
Hopper Engineering and Consultancy contributed to the detailed design of strengthening measures to mitigate structural problems related to settlements, aging, etc. The work was in collaboration with IGES srl and UNESCO.