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Shwezigon Paya Temple (built late 11th century)
Myanmar (Burma), Bagan, March 2012

From http://www.orientalarchitecture.com/myanmar/bagan/shwezigon.php : The Shwezigon Paya is one of the Bagan area’s, and Myanmar’s, most significant religious structures. It truly is a ‘national’ pagoda, since it served as a prototype for many later stupas built throughout Myanmar. The Shwezigon is also a major national center of worship. While the Shwezigon was one of the earliest symbols of the triumph of the ‘purified’ Theravada Buddhism, it was also the first pagoda to allow ‘nat’ images (pre-Buddhist spirits who had the power to do good or evil) within its walls. Its original builder, King Anawrahta (r. 1044-1077), even had images of the 37 traditional nats put on the lower terraces.
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Oct 02 2012 17:07 GMT elsje323
impressive architecture
Oct 02 2012 17:29 GMT rock
Impressive shot!
Oct 02 2012 18:51 GMT Annamaria
You have seen so many beautiful temples, Peter!! I love the details!
Oct 02 2012 20:04 GMT Jakeobean
Peter...this is a marvelous example of early architecture....the detail is beyond my imagination.....
Oct 02 2012 20:25 GMT Papagena
Really an outstanding golden temple Peter !!
Oct 02 2012 20:26 GMT wijnie58
Beautiful shot, Peter..:-))
Oct 03 2012 01:53 GMT T1MELESS PRO
Great find Peter. I have heard that there many golden temples there Peter and I am sure you will have found most of them by now !!!
Oct 03 2012 02:34 GMT fhelsing PRO
That's so grand, especially when you consider how old it is!
Oct 03 2012 05:31 GMT MargNZ
Beautiful photo of this very significant temple Peter :)
Oct 03 2012 07:27 GMT Cronos1
Superb photo and architecture !
Oct 03 2012 13:01 GMT marioalbertina
Wonderful oriental architecture! !
Oct 03 2012 13:56 GMT Lalbabu
Ornamental architecture !!!!
Oct 04 2012 09:07 GMT senna3
Thanks to everyone for the nice comments!
Oct 04 2012 09:43 GMT marijke06
a pretty rich view :)
Oct 04 2012 09:53 GMT senna3
Thank you Marijke.