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Featured Place: Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm, near Angkor Wat in Cambodia, is part of the largest religious complex ever built.  Constructed in 1100 A.D. by king Jayavarman VII, the jungle has since begun to reclaiming its territory.  Walls tilt and crumble under the weight of the encroaching banyan trees’ massive roots, though the temples’ original splendor remains apparent despite layers of moss and film. 

 

Ta Prohm Temples - Atlas Obscura - Photo Blog

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Banyan Roots at Ta Prohm - Blog Featured Place - Atlas Obscura

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Ornate statues and trimming had been carved into the rock walls, with none more controversial than a depiction of (what would seem to be) a stegosaurus! 

 

Ta Prohm Cambodia's Temple - Atlas Obscura Photography Blog

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Temple at Angkor Cambodia - Ta Prohm - Atlas Obscura Blog

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Dinosaur of Ta Prohm - Cambodian Temple - Atlas Obscura Blog

The infamous stegosaurus, in all its glory! 

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Temple Ta Prohm Angkor Cambodia - Blog from Atlas Obscura

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Ta Prohm Wall - Flickr Photo - Atlas Obscura Blog

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Crumbling Ta Prohm - Angkor - Atlas Obscura Blog

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Angkor Wat - Ta Prohm Graveyard - Atlas Blog

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Ta Prohm Angkor Wat - Cambodia on Atlas Obscura Blog

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Ta Prohm Tree Roots - Atlas Obscura Travel Blog

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Angkor Ta Prohm - Travel Blog at Atlas Obscura

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Ta Prohm Statues & Wall - Angkor Wat Travel Blog - Atlas Obscura

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For more information on Ta Prohm and its mysterious dinosaur, check out its full listing in the Atlas