Banteay Srei, the "Citadel of Women". Its admirable bas-reliefs depicting scenes from Ramayana, great Indian epic which has greatly inspired the artists of the Angkorian period: hundreds of people and animals enliven the borders of this temple. At 35 km northeast of Angkor Wat.
the temple rose the splendid bas-reliefs by a laterite track.
In Banteay Srei, the Khmer sculptors reveal all the subtleties of their expertise :
balusters, leaves, the walls come alive.
The statues are reliefs on the funds of leaves and flowers in flat. The goddesses, pink sandstone, wear jewelry and fine clothes.
On the walls of the central sanctuary, Rama, the hero of the "Ramayana", the great Sanskrit epic poem, leads his adventures. The Banteay Srei, long abandoned, has attracted looters and thieves.