View of Pre Rup from across a rice field
Lion on the top platform
The central sanctuary, at the
summit of a three-tiered pyramid, enshrined the linga named
'Rajendrabhadreshvara' that through its name was directly
associated with the king who venerated the god Shiva.
The stele of Pre Rup is known to be the longest Sanskrit
inscription in ancient Cambodia and was not found in the
usual place at the immediate northeast corner of the lower
level, but rather nearby within a building not far distant.
The inscription itself is today stored at the Angkor Conservation.
This monument of admirable proportions has suffered due
to the ravages of time. Some breaches in the walls and other
collapsed sections as they are in brick, pose particularly
delicate technical problems for restoration. Elaborate technical
choices for the reconsolidation of these structures have
been undertaken that are not necessarily spectacular in
the view of the casual visitor. Without a doubt, the restored
sections of Pre Rup are excellent models of restoration
techniques in brick.