Pre Rup was the state temple of King Rajendravarman’s (944-968) capital, and is situated on the south bank of the East Baray. The temple was built in 961 A.D at the center of a city, but nothing remains of the boundaries and dwellings. Pre Rup’s design follows the conception of the five-tiered temple-mountain, and it is likely that Rajendravarman’s architect, Kavindrarimathana, played a role in the temple’s construction. "Pre Rup" is literally translated as “Transformation of the body,” a ritual practiced in burial ceremonies, so some scholars believe that the temple may also have served a funerary purpose. The finely carved lintels, doors, and colonettes at Pre Rup are considered by many to be the finest examples in Khmer art, and characterize the Pre Rup style.