Overgrown Inner Courtyard

French archaeologists preserved Ta Prohm in its "jungle embraced" state between 1884 and 1953 when Cambodia was a French Protectorate. The silk/cotton and banyan trees here are 200 to 300 years old. As seeds, the plants sprouted aerial roots which intertwined among the blocks on their way to the ground. Now it is difficult to say whether the walls support the trees, or vice versa! Sometimes both situations are true. (Another name for banyan tree is strangler fig.)

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