The very impressive Sri Lankan style chedi from the vicinity of Wat Phra Sri Sanphet at Ayutthaya. Two of the chedi were built in 1492 by Borommatrailokanatís son Ramathibodi II to hold the ashes of his father and brother, while the third was added in 1540 by Ramathibodiís son to hold the ashes of his late father. Today, the three perfectly symmetrical restored spires have become the symbolic landmark of Ayutthaya.
From its establishment in 1350 by King U Thong (Ramathibodi I) until its fall to the Burmese in 1767, Ayutthaya was Thailand's capital, home to 33 kings and numerous dynasties. At its zenith and until the mid-18th century, Ayutthaya was a majestic city with three palaces and 400 temples on an island threaded by canals. The former capital rivaled European cities in splendor and was a source of marvel for foreigners.
Then, in 1767, after a 15-month siege, the town was destroyed by the Burmese. Today there is little left but ruins and rows of headless Buddhas where once an empire thrived. The temple compounds are still awe-inspiring even in disrepair, and a visit here is memorable and a good starting point for those drawn to the relics of history.
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macjake (67126) 2009-10-24 14:09
This is bringing back alot of memories.
I was there a few years back.
Classic photo of this beautiful structure.
I remember its size and , so its
hard to compose this large scene but you did it well.
danos (96816) 2009-10-26 0:32
nice perspective and POV of the ruins of this Wat in Thailand.The almost same scene can see someone in Angkor Wat in Cambodia and the surrounding areas.I like the good management of the light as the presence of the tourists has an effect of scale.Well done.
Have a nice day,Danos
AiresSantos (56155) 2009-10-27 1:46
Amazing details in the Wat Phra Sri Sanphet picture
Excellent colours and POV
Beautiful natural colours
Have a nice evening
Uhu (8567) 2009-11-01 2:53
Had to be a nice city before that siege and storming, for sure. Very interesting ruins - and very good photo!
I always loved antiquities.
Jakab (3867) 2009-11-17 14:54
a precise photo and profound description of astonishing ancient ruins - a really valuable contribution to the TE.
- Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper) (6788)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-01-31
- Categories: Architecture, Ruins
- Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 18-50 1:3,5-5,6 DC, ISO 400, Hoya Cir. Polarizer 58 mm
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): My shots from Thailand [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2009-10-24 4:22