The French fully abandonned their interests in Indochina following defeat by the Vietnamese at the battle of Dien Bien Phu in May 1954.
The Palace grounds contain several buildings: the Throne Room of Prasat Tevea Vinichhay which is used for the coronation of kings, official receptions and traditional ceremonies; the Chan Chhaya Pavilion which is a venue for dance performances; the king's official residence called the Khemarin; the Napoleon Pavilion and the spectacular Silver Pagoda. It owes its name to the 5,000 silver tiles weighing 1kg each which cover the entire floor.
Built in gothic style in 1444, this church was later renovated in baroque style and a rococo style altar was added. As Romanians made up the bulk of the population, Roth claimed that Romanian was justified to be the official language. Location: 5 miles south of Medias Access: car Detailed Information: Romania Tourism.com/Located in the Vineyards Valley, this fortified church was built in 1263 in gothic style and was enlarged and fortified in the 15th and 16th centuries by adding a range of 26-foot tall and 5-feet wide walls.
Margaret Evangelical Church, erected in the 15th century on the ruins of a Roman basilica, dominates the old town.
The monument has a unique and peculiar style and doubles as a memorial to Cambodian patriots who died for their country. The School of Fine Arts (École des Beaux-arts) has its headquarters in a structure behind the main building. You may also want to check out Wat Phnom which sits on a tree covered hill about 30m high in the northeast of the city. The people believe that this temple is powerful in that anyone who makes a wish will have it granted.
The National Museum of Cambodia is housed in a graceful terracotta structure of traditional design (built 1917-20) just north of the Royal Palace. It is said that the first pagoda was built in 1373 to house four statues of the Buddha deposited here by the Mekong river. It is not surprising to see many people coming here to pray for protection or healing.