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World Heritage Listing of PREAH VIHEAR On June-July 2008 in Quebec – Canada.
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PREAH VIHEAR TEMPLE: The Mountain Temples of Gods
Name: Prasat Preah Vihear (ប្រាសាទព្រះវិហារ)
Creator: Suryavarman I and Suryavarman II
Date built: 11th & 12th Centuries CE
Primary deity: Shiva
Architecture: Banteay Srei (fortress of women) style and others
Location: Preah Vihear Province, Kingdom of Cambodia
Ownership documents: International Court of Justice in the Hague @ 1962 (Click here for the original documents in pdf)
UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee recognized that the Sacred Site of the Temple of Preah Vihear is of great international significance and has Outstanding Universal Value and agreed in principle that the Temple should be inscribed in the World Heritage List.
In the 6th century , King Yasovarmamn I (889-900) began work on the original dedicated to Shisa as result of spiritual development, increased political prestige and economic growth was naturally reflected in the Temple undergoing more than 300 years of consultation with deal of remodeling under subsequent King Suryavarman II (1113–1150) this increased prestige naturally changed the original small sanctuary into one of the greatest Khmer temples of all times. This ranking was the result of the finest in situ carving that depicted the highest standards of unique Khmer architecture.