Incorporating more stone than the pyramids, Angkor (scene of Angelina Jolie's Tomb Raiders) is the world's greatest ancient city -- and that may be an understatement describing the treasures of this world heritage site in the heart of the Cambodian jungle.
Satellite photos reveal how extensive and well irrigated it was.Satellite detail of an area of Angkor Wat (temple) area (satimagingcorp.com)
Once the capital city (with a million plus inhabitants) of an empire ruling most of Southeast Asia, its demise was due to suburban expansion and environmental collapse. It was a recent runner up for the New Seven Wonders of the World (NPR).
BBC DOCUMENTARY: Note centrality of Naga-Serpents (representations of which were also rampant in Meso-American monolithic cultures) at min 30. The connection is not coincidental but one met with frequently in sutras, East Indian history, and Native American myth).
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