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terrace that surrounds the temple. On it is a cruciform terrace. Climbing it by a stairway one comes to the W. entrance of the first gallery of the temple of Angkor-Vat, Here one is already within the famous edifice, and this first gallery is especially noted for the beauty of its bas-reliefs. Turning to the right, and observing its W., S., and E. sides, and coming round from its N. side to the W., one then enters the second gallery and then the third. And then finally one will observe the high tower of its sanctuary. In this sequence we offer here the following detailed description of this magnificent monument.
Entering the W. vestibule of the first gallery, one is in the first story of the building. This vestibule forms a cruciform corridor, and beyond it is a covered court-yard having four small ponds. The N. side of the court-yard has an entrance opening into a court that separates the first gallery from that of the second story. Its S. side also has an entrance, but this is blocked by heaps of dA(c)bris. Within the enclosure formed by the first gallery are two small edifices, which are called libraries.
The E. to W. axis of the gallery of the covered court-yard leads to the gallery of the second story, which circumscribes the great court and has at each corner a tower, now almost destroyed. This axis, passing through the middle entrance of the gallery of the second story, further leads to the great sacred stairway (Escalier d'Honneur) at the front of the central structure (Massif Central,a meaning the third story together with its gallery and all its inside edifices). Between the middle entrance of the second story and the great stairway is a small cruciform passage or foot bridge, with a small edifice on each side.
The central structure is composed of the third circumscribing gallery with a conical tower at each of its corners, four flagged courts, a cruciform gallery, and a tall central tower that commands
Corner Porticos and Galleries, Angkor-Vat-