Showing posts with label UNESCO Heritage Site. Show all posts
Showing posts with label UNESCO Heritage Site. Show all posts

Monday, March 26, 2018

Barbados, the Jewel of Natural Beauty

A white sanded paradise and the Caribbean home of stage and screen’s finest, BARBADOS makes a lasting impression upon visitors. It is often said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and nowhere is this more true than right here on the island of Barbados. The island itself is a tropical paradise with a wealth of scenic shots that’s more than merit. The beauty reaches far beyond our hills and valleys

Barbados is one of the most popular and preferred tourist destinations in the Caribbean. Bridgetown is a capital city of Barbados and Garrison is UNESCO World heritage site. Barbadians are crazy for afternoon tea, cricket, golfing and scuba diving.

The National motto of the Barbadian is Pride and Industry. The National Flower of the country is called the Pride of Barbados. Something good of this flower is that the leaves of this flower is dipped in breast milk and given to crying babies to stop them from crying.

Do you have a thirst for exploring? Here are brilliant thing to do while in Barbados.

The island soul food is a must to try. Street side stalls offer the best in macaroni pie and of course fried chicken rice and peas. The Cliff and a waterfront restaurant in Payne’s are a famous restaurant offering seafood and fusion cuisine in a romantic setting.

Water sports: you can enjoy an underwater experience like no other, right from swimming with turtles to watching vibrant coral reefs. Water sports such as kayaking, windsurfing and kite surfing are practised here.

A Barbados wildlife reserve is a must to see. The visitors can watch how native animals play, eat and interact with other animals in a relaxed natural environment.

Atlantis submarines adventure: This adventure is the perfect ocean expedition to rest your mind and stimulate the senses, safe in an underwater wilderness. Imagine you dive 130 feet down secure and dry with no snorkel, goggle and slippers to interfere into the aquarium. Enjoy once in a life time a romantic night time and escape to the bottom of the ocean on Atlantis submarines.

Visit Harrison’s Cave: Harrison’s cave is truly one of the natural wonders of Barbados located in the central uplands. The interior of this cave boasts breathtaking, crystallized limestone that drips water into impossibly clear pools.

Check out Fish Fry Fridays: Oistins Fish fry Friday is an absolute must when visiting Barbados. This weekly party and fish festival is held on a serene beach on Barbados southwest coast and it’s the perfect place to meet new friends, both foreign and local. The food is delicious. There is a lot of dancing and music. Everybody seems to be in a good mood.

Caribbean Crop Over: At the end of each sugarcane season, Barbados puts on its biggest festival of the year and they call it Crop over Summer Festival. It’s the islands most popular and colourful get together. The festival happens every year from May to August, with the largest celebrations happening at the end with carnival celebrations. If ever you plan your trip to Barbados at that time you may not only get to party like crazy, but you may share the streets with world famous Bajan pop and Hip Hop star Rhenna.

The option for beauty in Barbados is needless. It is said that Barbados is the ideal place to pamper yourself whatever the occasion. In case lying on a soft white sandy beach bordered by the turquoise Caribbean sea wasn’t enough to totally relax you, the island has multiple first rate spas that will take your breath away with the ambiance and top quality treatments.

If you want to enjoy night life and partying, stay at any of these hotels, resorts and vacation rental in and around St. Lawrence Gap to be near the heart of the action. Few of them are Yellow Bird Hotel, south Gap hotel, Dolphin Inn Guesthouse, Meridian Inn, and Dover Beach Hotel.

Barbados nightclub is mainly located in St Lawrence Gap. Most of the band plays local music like calypso and reggae. There are excellent R & B bands that play top international music sometimes with a Caribbean beat.

Enjoy an evening of romance along with fine dining at Barbados finest restaurants. Most of these restaurants provide live entertainment to enjoy your evening.

Come to Barbados where you can truly relax and indulge in all that is beautiful the island has to offer. If you’re here for a relaxing vacation away from a world of worry, hustle and bustle, then you can see we’ve got exactly what you need.

Friday, April 8, 2016

La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

La Sagrada Familia

Basilica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia – Huge Roman Catholic Church

The Basilica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia or Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family is said to be a huge Roman Catholic Church in Barcelona. It had been designed by a Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi and though incomplete, the church has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Sagrada Familia had been Antoni Gaudi’s strong obsession and with the commission of a conservative society which intended to build a temple as atonement for the sins of modernity of the city, Gaudi envisaged its completion as his holy mission. When the funds seemed to be less, he had contributed his own and in the last years of his life he did not shy away in pleading with anyone he thought to be a likely donor.

Gaudi created a temple 95 m long and 60 m wide which could accommodate 13,000 people with a central tower of 170m high above the transept –representing Christ and another 17 of 100m or more. The 12 besides the three facades seemed to represent the Apostles and the remaining five tend to represent the Virgin Mary with the four evangelist.

Gaudi gave his towers enlarged outlines since he was inspired by the peaks of the holy mountain Montserrat outside Barcelona and covered them with a tangle of sculpture which seemed an extension of the stone.

Pope Benedict XVI – Consecrated/Proclaimed it a Minor Basilica

In November 2010, Pope Benedict XVI had consecrated and proclaimed it as a minor basilica, distinct from a cathedral that must be the seat of a bishop. Gaudi’s masterpiece is the most popular attractions in Barcelona with its amazingly intricate exterior together with the appealing stained glass windows.

However, La Sagrada Familia’s construction is unending and is not expected to be completed till 2026. The construction of Sagrada Familia had begun in 1882 where Gaudi had been involved in 1883 in taking over the project and changing it with his architectural as well as engineering style with the combination of Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms.

He had devoted his last years to the project and at the time of his death at the age of 73, in 1926, less than a quarter of the project had been completed.Construction of Sagrada Familia seemed to progress slowly since it depended on private donation and had been interrupted by the Spanish Civil War and resumed irregular progress in 1950s.

Anticipated Completion – 2026

At Gaudi’s death, only the vault, the apse walls, a portal and a tower had been completed. Three more towers had been added by 1930 that completed the northeast – Nativity façade. Toward 1936 rebels had burned and smashed the interior inclusive of workshops, models and plans and the work commenced in 1952.

However controversy often hinders the progress. Foesof the continuation of the project stated that the computer models based on what little plans of Gaudi had survived the rebels’ rage, had led to the creation of a monster which has little to do with the plans and style of Gaudi. It is a dispute which tends to have little hope of resolution.

Constructions moved to midpoint in 2010 though some of the greatest challenges of the project remained. The anticipated completion date is 2026 which is the centenary of Gaudi’s death. The church seem to share its site with the Sagrada Familia Schools building which was originally designed in 1909 by Gaudi for the children of the construction workers.

 Repositioned in 2002, from the eastern area of the site to the southern corner, the building presently tends to house an exhibition.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Baku, Azerbaijan

Baku – Capital & Largest City of Azerbaijan

Bakuis the capital and largest city of Azerbaijan and also the largest city on the Caspian Sea as well as of the Caucasus region, located 28 metres below sea level. It makes the lowest lying national capital in the world as well as the largest city in the world that is located below sea level. It is situated on the southern shore of Absheron Peninsula that projects in the Caspian Sea comprising of two principal sections, the downtown area and the old Inner City. Baku’s urban population at the beginning of 2009 was over two million inhabitants and officially around twenty five percent of the inhabitants live in Baku’s metropolitan area.It is one of the most beautiful world’s cities at the joint of Europe and Asia.

The port city of Baku, the industrial, cultural as well as the political capital of Azerbaijan, located on the western Caspian seaside is rich in oil fields and it has 11 administrative districts and 5 townships. Baku is also the largest cultural centre of Azerbaijan. It is the place where a national theatre, the first of its kind lifted the curtain where the first opera was performed. The first Azerbaijan newspaper was published as well as the first library was opened here

Largest Industrial Centre

Presently, Baku is known to have around thirty museums, seven theatres, eleven institutions of higher studies, philharmonic, opera theatre, cinema theatres, film studio and libraries which are accommodated in the city’s most beautiful buildings with interior decoration that are every bit amazing as their interior cultural content.Being the largest industrial centre, it is the place of ancient oil fields, popular Oil Stones, unique plant of deep water foundation, modern drilling floating units and high capacity derrick barges.

 Moreover it is also famous for developed oil refineries, petrochemicals, chemical, light food, engineering branches of industries together with oil equipment production, building material, instruments, radio electronics and electrical well as shipbuilding. In addition to this, Baku is also a large rail junction as well as a port terminal in the Caspian Sea and from 1967; the Baku underground was operational in the capital.

Old City/Icheri Sheher – Inner City

Interesting site of Baku is the Old City which is enclosed within the fortress wall or Icheri Sheher – Inner City and this open air museum along with the popular Maiden Tower which is located here is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage list. The fortress architectural appearance is different from its unique originality and contains 44 monument of medieval architecture which includes the unique Palace of the Shirvanshahs, earlier residence of the rulers of Shirvan.

A Zoroastrian monument – fire worshipers’ temple `Ateshgah’, is around 30 km away from Baku in Surakhani village. Some distance further in the village of Gobustan is a rare monument of world culture one of earliest centres of human civilization with 4,000 rock drawings of people and animals and this historical art reserve has also been listed in the UNESCO World Heritage list. There are several shopping centres, boutiques, exhibition venues, restaurants together with world famous brands hotel. Baku is an amazing place to explore with its wonderful architectural appearance.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Glacier Bay National Park

Image Credit: National Geographic (By Peter Robertson)
Glacier Bay National Park – UNESCO World Heritage Site

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is a United State National Park and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is in the Panhandle of the state of Alaska, west of Juneau.

Glacier Bay became part of a bio national UNESCO World Heritage site and inscribed as a Biosphere in 1986 and undertook an obligation to work with Hoonah and Tlingit Native American organization in handling the protected area, in the year 1994, On February 25, 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed this location around Glacier Bay, a national monument under the Antiquities Act and subsequent to an extension of the monument in 1978, by President Jimmy Carter, the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act – ANILCA, on December 2, 1980, increased the national monument by 534,000 acres, the process of which give rise to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve with around 57,000 additional acres of public land.

This has been preserved as national preserve to the northwest of the park to protect an area of the Alsek River together with related fish and wildlife habitat at the time of sport hunting. The park is known for its massive glaciers as well as a remarkable destination for those interested in wildlife, kayaking or seeking to find a relaxing atmosphere.

First Surveyed in 1794 – Team of H.M.S. Discovery

The park comprises of snow-capped mountain ranges which rise to over 15,000 feet, with coastal beaches together with protected coves, deep fjords, tidewater glaciers, coastal and estuarine waters as well as freshwater lakes.

Sculpted, steep peaks, rock strewn valley indicate glacial activity, marking the advances and retreats of glaciers which date back over 115,000 years to prior to the Wisconsin Ice Age. The ocean waves lash the beaches of the wild and remote Gulf of Alaska coast and between the coast and the bay, snow clad peaks of Fair weather Range draws the moisture that comes in from the Gulf of Alaska spawns the park’s largest glaciers. Towards the base of these huge peaks lie the deglaciered foothills and plains which spread the greenery around once the ice retreats, portraying an awesome spectacle of nature.

The park and the preserve cover an area of 5,130 square mile and the major part of the Glacier Bay is designated as wilderness area covering around 4,164 square miles.The Glacier Bay was first surveyed in 1794 by a team from the H.M.S. Discovery and headed by George Vancouver.

 The survey indicated a mere indentation in the shoreline and the massive glacier was over 4,000 feet thick in some places and up to 20 miles wide, extending over 100 miles towards the St, Elias mountain range.

Discovered in 1879 – John Muir

Towards 1879, it was discovered by John Muir when the ice had retreated to over 30 miles and formed a bay and by 1916, the Grand Pacific Glacier which was the main glacier credited with carving the bay, melted back 60 miles to what is presently the Tarr Inlet.

Great efforts were taken by Muir and other conservationist to protect Glacier Bay and in 1925; President Calvin Coolidge signed a proclamation making Glacier Bay National Monument. The monument, at that point of time covered less than half the area of the current park.

 The Alaska National Interest Lands Conservations Act, in the year 1980, elevated the monument to the national park status as well as extended the park boundary northwest to the Alsek River and Dry Bay which gave rise to further recognition and protection of Glacier Bay’s significance, when the Glacier Bay Admiralty Island Biosphere Reserve, in 1986, was established under the United Nations Man and the Biosphere Program.

 The Glacier Bay became a part of an international World Heritage Site in 1992 together with neighbouring Wrangell-St-Elias National Park and Preserve as well as Canada’s Kluane National Pa.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Lviv – UNESCO World Heritage Site

Lviv – Cathedral of Saint George
Lviv is a city in western Ukraine which was once a major population centre of the Halych-Volyn Principality, the Crown of the Kingdom of Poland, the Habsburg Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria and later on the capital of Lwow Voivodeship at the time of the Second Polish Republic. Lviv is the biggest city of the region as well as the historic city centre on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Formerly being the capital of the historical region of Galicia, Lviv is now considered as one of the main cultural centres of present time Ukraine. The historical centre of Lviv, along with its ancient buildings, together with cobblestone streets has survived the Soviet and Nazi occupation during World War II which remained unscathed.

The city has various industries together with institutions of higher education like the Lviv University and Lviv Polytechnic and is also a home to several world class cultural institutions which include philharmonic orchestra and the famous Lviv Theatre of Opera and Ballet. In September 2006, Lviv celebrated its 750th anniversary with a son et lumiere in the city centre.

Central European Flair in Architecture

Lviv is situated on the edge of the Roztochia Upland around 70 km from the Polish border and 160 km from the eastern Carpathian Mountains with an average altitude of 296 metres above sea level. The city has a multicultural history which was founded by Kind Daniel of Galicia in 1256 which fell under the Polish control towards the 14th century where Jews, Poles, Ukrainians, Germans and others lived together for centuries.

Lviv which is located in the Ukrainian region of Ukraine as a Soviet province has most of its signs only in Ukraine with only a few in Russian. Due to its Polish and Austro-Hungarian history, this city has Central European flair in its architecture which makes it one of the most amazing cities in Eastern Europe.

 The people here are very proud of their history as linguistically, culturally as well as ethnically, Ukrainian city has a population of over half a million from World War II before which the majority were Polish, leaving its impact of Polish history.

Lviv – Traditional Celebration of Holidays with Themed Festivals

Vysokyi Zamok – High Castle is its highest point above sea level where the castle has an amazing view of the historic city centre together with its distinctive green domed churches accompanied with intricate architecture. The old walled city was at the foothills of the Vysokyi Zamok on the banks of the river Poltva. In the 13th century the river was utilised to transport the goods.

The city of Lviv is an interesting tourist destination which is very captivating, rich in historic architecture with an indulgent coffee house culture. It is a city with impressive temples with ancient squares, cosy narrow streets, museums and galleries which house artistic masterpieces of various historical events. The traditional celebration of the holidays came from Lviv with the new format of several themed festivals.

The city has a majority of new art as well as modern culture trends in the country together with the ideas of several interesting entertainment. Lviv is full of activity all year round and tourist visiting this city during spring, summer; autumn or winter will have a memorable stay at this amazing historical destination.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Quebec Four Centuries of History

Quebec City is around four hundred years old with four centuries of history marked by encounters with the First Nations, terrible epidemics, battles between the English and French as well as acts of men and women after whom the streets have received their names.

This city has grown and developed all along the centuries with its amazing history, culture, economic success together with its urban transformation, neighbourhood life accompanied with the French language. Quebec City, the crown jewel of French Canada is one of North America’s oldest and most magnificent capital cities of Canada’s Quebec province.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site

The picturesque Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site, a living museum with narrow cobblestone streets with 17th and 18th century houses along with soaring church spires with the addition of the splendid Chateau Frontenac towering above it all.

Its population of 491,142 in 2006 made Quebec the second most popular city and the tenth most popular city in Canada and is known for its location on Saint Lawrence River and its historic Old Quebec featuring fortified city walls which are the only ones left in northern North America.

Main Attraction – The Old Town

The attraction of this destination is the Old Town which is split between the Haute Ville; the Upper Town perched above the St. Lawrence River on the Cap Diamant cliffs and the Basse Ville, the Lower Town where Samuel de Champlain had established the first French foothold in the year 1608.

The Old Town is filled with museums, mansard roofed houses along with Cobblestone Street which are tempting to be explored. Beyond the walls, through the historic town gates of Porte St. Louis and Porte St Jean, four more neighbourhoods are accessible namely St Jean Baptiste, Colline Parementaire, Montcalm and St. Roch each having awesome restaurants, shopping and nightlife.

Winter and Summer Entertainment

The vast Plains of Abraham, where the British defeated the French in 1759, is presently enshrined as a national part, offering excellent recreational opportunities.

There is plenty of entertainment in this city where in summer, musicians, actors and acrobats in period costume go on the streets bringing about a festive spirit with fireworks and song.

In winter, during the months of January and February, Quebec’s Winter Carnival is the biggest and most colourful winter festival while fall and spring bring in beautiful foliage all around.

French Speaking Province

The province of Quebec is a French speaking city and is known for its architecture and various annual festivals, the most popular being the Winter Carnival with skiing, ice sculpture and ice castle. Quebec City was the first city to be established in Canada with goals of being a permanent settlement rather than a commercial outpost like St. John’s Newfoundland and Labrador or Port Royal Nova Scotia.

The French explorer Jacques Cartier in 1535 built a fort and stayed there for a year and returned in 1541 to build a permanent settlement though it was abandoned in 1542. Presently Quebec City is one of the largest cities of Canada and most of the economy is based on tourism, transportation, defence and service sector. A major part of the city’s jobs are through the provincial government being the capital city and its main industrial product from the city are paper and pulp, metal, wood items, chemicals and electronics.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Seville – Largest Historical Centres of Europe

Seville was founded by Hercules and its origin was linked with Tartessian civilization. It lies on the banks of the Guadalquiver River and is one of the largest historical centres in Europe. It is locally a Spanish city, the capital and largest city of the autonomous community of Andalusia as well as the province of Seville.

The inhabitants of this city are known as sevillianos/sevillanas or hispalenses, called after the Roman name of the city, Hispalis. In 2011, this city had a municipal population of around 703,000 and a metropolitan population of around 1.5 million which has made it the fourth largest city in Spain as well as the 30th most popular municipality in the European Union.

Three UNESCO Heritage Sites

It has three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in its Old Town namely the Alcazar palace complex, the Cathedral and the General Archive of the Indies, where the historical records of the American continent are kept, the Fine Art Museum, one of the second largest picture gallery in Spain besides convents, parish churches and palaces.

The minaret of La Giralda, the cathedral is one of the largest in Christendom and part of the treasure includes Casa de Pilatos, Torre del Oro and the Town Hall. To visit the old city with the Cathedral and the Giralda tower, one can climb the steps inside the tower for a great view of the city.

Close to it is the royal Mudejar palace with beautiful gardens with the Santa Cruz quarter having cramped streets, flowered balconies with richly decorated facades and hidden patios. It has a harbour which is located about 80 km from the Atlantic Ocean and is the only river port in Spain.

The quarter of Triana on the other end of the river, La Macarena, Santa Cruz and San Bartolome, the street of Las Sierpes, and La Maestranza bullring, together with Maria Luisa part and the riverside walk are all the images of Seville.

A Joyous Town with Impressive History

Seville is universally considered being a joyous town with all its important monuments and impressive history and is the largest town in Southern Spain, the city of Carmen, Don Juan and Figaro. The people of Seville are known for their wit and sparkle while the city is full of vitality.

 Moreover, the Sevillians are known to be great actors with their extraordinary performance at their annual Feria de Abril which is a weeklong event with food, drink and dance that takes place day and night in over a thousand especially mounted tents for this occasion.

Besides this, it enables men to parade on fine horses while the women dance in their brilliantly coloured gypsy dresses to the tune of the music. During the Holy week, Semana Santa, a religious festival is held where hooded penitents march along in long processions followed by large baroque floats on which is mounted the image of Christ or the Virgin amidst a crowd of cheerful Sevillians.

Some of the sights which should not be missed in the old city, are the Casa de Pilatos which has a large sixteenth century mansion that blends with the Mudejar, Renaissance and Gothic styles, harmoniously with exuberant patios and gardens.

Crossing of the Triana Bridge over the large Guadaquiver River and the lively quarter of Triana with its charming narrow streets all around the church of Santa Ann together with the traditional ceramic factories are worth exploring.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Essaouira - A Fortified Town

Essaouira is an exceptional piece of late 18th century fortified town which was built according to the European contemporary of military architecture in North African context and is surrounded by a wall influenced by the Vauban model. Since its foundation, it has been a major international seaport trading center connecting Morocco and sub Saharan African with Europe and the rest of the globe.

Essaouira is a city in the western Moroccan region of Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz on the Atlantic coast and the city had been known by its Portuguese name of Mogador or Mogadore since the 16th century. Archaeological indicate that Essaouira had been occupied since prehistoric period and the bay at Essaouira was partially sheltered by the island of Mogador which made it a peaceful harbor protecting it against strong marine winds.

This destination had been considered as one of the best anchorages of the Moroccan coast and the Carthaginian navigator, Hanno who visited this place in the 5th century BC established the trading post of Arambys. During the middle Ages, a Muslim saint by the name Sidi Mogdoul was buried in Essaouira and this could probably be the origin to the name Mogador.

Cultural and Natural Sites

The Mogador archipelago consists of a huge number of cultural and natural sites of Outstanding Universal Value and its relatively late foundation when compared to other medina of North Africa was the outcome of the Alaouite Sultan Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdullah whose desire was to make this small Atlantic town a royal port as well as the chief Moroccan commercial centre which would be open to the outside world.

For a long time Essaiuira was known as the Port of Timbuktu and became one of the major Atlantic commercial centers between Africa and Europe by the end of the 18th century and during the 19th century. It was during the 18th century that the present city was built by Mohammed III with the intention of reorienting his kingdom towards the Atlantic for increased exchanges with European powers choosing Mogadore as his main location.

His objective was to establish a harbor at the nearest point from Marrakesh and the other was to cut off trade from Agadir in the south which was supporting the political rival of Mohammad III and the inhabitants of Agadir had to forcibly relocate to Essaouira.

UNESCO Listed World Heritage Site

The first thing any tourist feels is walking around the fortification which is a sheer temptation and from the Kasbah’s Sqala, the old artillery platform of the medina’s maritime rampart, the scene over the port’s Sqala together with the ocean’s coastline and the medina which is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site is simply awesome.

In the souks, at street levels, which surround the Clock tower, one will find some of Morocco’s best marquetry craftsmen fashion sandarac wood along with ancestral precision. Close to the medina’s Sqala is the Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdullah museum, presenting beautiful collection of regional art works and marquety furniture, costumes, jewelry rugs and much more.

Besides these there are also Arabo Andalusian and Gnaoua musical instruments which are accompanied by singing and dancing promoted at an international festival every year in the month of June with programs that include jazz and world music.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Cambodia - UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Kingdom of Cambodia is situated directly on the Gulf of Thailand between the countries Vietnam, Laos and Thailand. One of the most famous sights is the building of Angkor Wat, one member appointed by the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The mighty Mekong River, which is among the ten longest rivers in the world, crosses the country to the east. Further inland is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, the Tonle Sap. The landscape of Cambodia is dominated by a central level, nestled in the majestic mountains in part.

The country's capital Phnom Penh is a rapid increase in population subjected to, due to an increasing rural exodus. Since most of the streets parallel to each other, the orientation in the city is very easy. Phnom Penh is developing steadily into one of the typical Asian capitals, where they could but until now retained its provincial charm. Particularly fascinating are the many markets where you can buy typical food products. Who dares to try, once deep fried crickets, spiders or beetles and larvae. Angkor Wat is definitely the most important tourist haven in Cambodia. It is the largest temple of a temple area, which has been built between 850 and 1200. In addition, the temple is the world's largest religious building, which consists of a pyramid with five towers. The temple was built by the Khmern in honor of the god Vishnu.

Cambodia is dominated by a tropical monsoonal climate. The rainy season is between May and October and sometimes brings a very large amount of running water. During this season, receives up to 80 percent of annual rainfall. Meanwhile, the maximum temperatures are rarely above 30 degrees.

During the months of December and January, the humidity and the temperatures are relatively low. Moreover, at this time with little rain expected, so that this time offers for travel. In early February the temperatures begin to rise again in April and reached its peak at about 40 degrees. In the months of May and June, the monsoon brings with it much rain and the humidity reached almost unbearable proportions, which can be for tourists from Europe.During the rainy season is in full splendor of the jungle, but the roads should be avoided in the northeastern regions, because they are flooded due to heavy rain.