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|Date:||Late 10th – early 11th century CE|
|King:||Jayavarman V (reign 968 – 1001 CE)|
The pyramid-temple rises over 50 m (164'), its five tower shrines arranged in a quincunx, supported on a five-tiered pyramid.
Ta Keo was one of the first temples to be built entirely of sandstone. Previous tower sanctuaries had entrances only on the east side but Ta Keo has openings on all four sides. It was originally surrounded by a moat.
Legend has it that construction of Ta Keo was stopped after lightning struck the monument, interpreted as a bad omen, but more likely it was the death of Jayavarman V circa 1000 CE that halted the works. Its incomplete state tells researchers a lot about how Khmer architects worked, but had it been completed it would have been one of the finest mountain-temples in Angkor.