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Phimeanakas. ANGKOR-THOM 20. Route. 223
The Second Story.-a Its foundation ground is divided into two parts by an abrupt descent of its upper layer upon that of the lower one, and between the two is a sort of platform, which, but for masses of dA(c)bris blocking the path, would permit of a walk. The height of the foundation is 7 metres. In front of the \V. side of the foundation and the gallery, there are piled up in a queer form stones that were brought from the gallery of the first story, and perhaps also from that of the third story, in order to repair the bridge. There is design in this heap of stones. If one looks at it attentively, one will perceive in it a gigantic figure of a reclining Buddha. The gallery of the second story is in a very much better state of preservation than those of the first and the third stories. Though 110 parts remain undamaged, still its E., W., and N. sides present, on the whole, their original structures. Their gates and vestibules are perfect, and the bas-reliefs of the outer walls are still distinct. There is a small inner court between the gallery of the second story and the foundation ground of the third one, but it is now a mere mass of dA(c)bris and hardly admits of a walk.
The Third Story.a Its foundation is built in the same fashion as that of the second story. At each side of it are three stairways, but its W. and S. sides have crumbled and, together with the dirt carried by wind and long accumulated, form a slope. Its height is about 10 metres, and the gallery built on it is now all fallen down in the inner court in a formless mass, except two small towers which still stand at each corner. According to the record of the temple, there once stood a central tower, 30 metres high and of a rare beauty, but now not a trace of it is left.
Phimeanakas. This temple stands within a rectangular enclosure, 600 metres from E. to W. and 250 metres from N. to S., situated at a very short distance to the N. of Baphuon. Though
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