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Authors: Bruguier, Bruno
Title: L'organisation spatiale des sanctuaires khmers: plan axé ou concentrique?
Date: 1998
Source: Southeast Asian Archaeology 1994: Proceedings of the 5th International Conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archeologists
Place of Publication: Hull
Publisher: Centre for South-East Asian Studies, University of Hull
Language: French
Abstract: The spatial organisation of Khmer sanctuaries follows two main principles: a concentric composition, and an axial composition. The architectural elements that emphasize the concentric layout mainly comprise towers in alternate rows, stairs, surrounding walls and moats. All these contribute to the creation of a centripetal movement centered on the main temple. On the other hand, the avenues, the entrance pavilions or the libraries emphasize the axis of the monument and create a centrifugal movement. A chronological reappraisal of these two models of spatial organisation within the sanctuary reveals the manner in which these two schemes have influenced each other in the geopolitical and religious context of Ancient Cambodia.
Date Created: 10/5/2009
Editors: Manguin, Pierre-Yves
Volume: 1
Page Start: 173
Page End: 178