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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.