THE PORTUGUESE EMBASSY
Each of the pagodas had a very high tower of stone and brick masonry, and gilded from the tip until the
middle, with four stairs made of gilded lead ... The said towers were built on very large squares paved
with bricks. In each square one had four ponds, one in each corner, with many trees on the water's
edge. Around the tower there was a small fence in masonry. Inside the fence there were many lamps
around, and may bronze figures leaned against the wall, as high as a man of good stature ... They were
made completely out of bronze and natural looking. They were found then forty years before, in the
Kingdom of Cambodia, in a ruined city which the natives came across in the forest. They did not know
which nation had lived there. When they described it they called it Anguor.
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References:

[1] Unpublished English translation by Dr. Philippe Annez of Jacques de Coutre, Vida, Aziatische omzwervingen (Berchem-Anvers, EPO,
1988)
Description of Wat Maha That by Jacques de Coutre in 1595