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    Posted: 28 September 2014 at 21:12
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Ayutthaya (อยุธยา), full name Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya (พระนครศรีอยุธยา), is an ancient capital and modern city in the Central Plains of Thailand, 85 km north of Bangkok.
Founded around 1350, Ayutthaya became the second capital of Siam after Sukhothai. Throughout the centuries, the ideal location between China, India and the Malay Archipelago made Ayutthaya the trading capital of Asia and even the world. By 1700 Ayutthaya had become the largest city in the world with a total of 1 million inhabitants. Many international merchants set sail for Ayutthaya, from diverse regions as the Arab world, China, India, Japan, Portugal, the Netherlands and France. Merchants from Europe proclaimed Ayutthaya as the finest city they had ever seen. Dutch and French maps of the city show grandeur with gold-laden palaces, large ceremonies and a huge float of trading vessels from all over the world. All this came to a quick end when the Burmese invaded Ayutthaya in 1767 and almost completely burnt the city down to the ground.

Today, only a few remains might give a glimpse of the impressive city they must have seen. Its remains are characterized by the prang (reliquary towers) and big monasteries. Most of the remains are temples and palaces, as those were the only buildings made of stone at that time. The great cultural value of Ayutthaya's ruins were officially recognized in 1991, when the Historic City became an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Ayutthaya is an island at the confluence of three rivers: the Chao Phraya River, the Lopburi River and the Pa Sak River.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote berlin steve Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 October 2014 at 07:53
Outstanding photos of a fascinating place.

It is amazing to think of the scale and size this city must have been like before the Burmese set it alight. Thanks for the additional history.



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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 October 2014 at 09:17
Yep, there is a lot of Thai gold in Burma
Your first picture reminds me of Bagan in Burma, just like Ayutthaya mainly temples remain. Like your pictures
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Post Options Post Options   Quote kolibri Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 October 2014 at 04:47
whoa, this is one of the places I love at very first visit. too bad I could not find that famous buddha's head in the roots. I guess I was too tired bycycyling around. should have just rented a scooter instead: saves a lot of energy

interesting PP you made, Svjet. believe you have more to share. and thanks for opening up the thread (whre's that thumb up smiley?)

once I posted my version of the place in the open view, maybe I can link them back here to complete the series. think I also have the "normal" version, other than those IR ones.

here's the link
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Post Options Post Options   Quote svjetlana Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 October 2014 at 02:11
Steve and Addy: thank you very much. Yes, it is great place. I wish I had more time over there.
kolibri: Thank you. That means you need to go there again. I have some more to share. There will be one post more after this one.
I am not great admirer of IR in general so it would be nice to see your non IR ones.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote svjetlana Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 October 2014 at 17:38
My last post from Ayutthaya and from Thailand :

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11. I've also found this sleeping boy alone among these buildings, completely unexpected


 



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