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carved figures of praying brahmans. These pillars stand at intervals of 3/4 metres and their height is 4 metres. In the frieze of the inside wall under the vault are carved exquisite figures of dancing girls. In that of the outside are carved figures of praying brahmans, similar to those of the bases of the pillars, but smaller. The architrave is also decorated with designs of lotus flowers. On the free door are seen various sculptures taken from the legend of Vishnou. At both sides of the entrance at the end of each gallery are pilasters, decorated with a figure of a small man amid a spiral design of leaves.
Library.a In the court of the second story, at ils N. E. and S. W. corners stand two edifices. They are called libraries, but it can hardly be thought that the priests of Angkor kept their sacred books in these unprotected buildings. They should rather be called chapels. Each edifice stands on a high foundation ground with four stairways, one at each side. The building is rectangular in shape and contains only one room. Along each of its longer sides is a gallery having railed windows. Between the vault of the gallery and lhat of the veranda are small windows, which are beautiful to look at, but through which rain pours into the interior. This fact alone proves that these edifices were not intended as libraries. At each end of the E. to W. axis of the building is a projecting gate. The four pillars that supported its roof still remain, but the pediment and the lintel are gone. There was also a gate at each of the N. and the S. sides, but it is now utterly destroyed, leaving hardly any trace at all.
Having finished the inspection of the second story, visitors now proceed into the innermost court and face the third story. Here they will first be confronted by a lofty stone foundation having more
Staircase to the Centrai. Tower, Angkor-Vat.