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Main Stupa of the Shwemawdaw Temple Complex dating back to the 10th century
Myanmar (Burma), Bago, March 2012

The Shwemawdaw has been rocked by earthquake many times in its long existence. In the 20th century alone, three big earthquakes hit the Shwemawdaw. The 1917 quake broke off its spire which now lay on the ground on the northeastern side of the pagoda (see picture above). The Shwemawdaw was almost completely destroyed in the last major quake which happened in 1930. After World War II, unpaid volunteers began restoration work to rebuilt the pagoda. The restored pagoda stands 114 m (374 ft), taller than it ever was.

As it happens, you can find a similar picture of the Shwemawdaw at the page of Elly Merz: http://www.fotothing.com/ellymerz/photo/d694ceff35ff2008d0444806e9d7ba44/
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Comments on this photo:

Apr 06 2012 17:36 GMT happysnaper
Fantastic shot Peter.
Apr 06 2012 17:38 GMT hallo
Interesting image and history Peter!
Apr 06 2012 18:00 GMT Lalbabu
Fantastic in original!!!!!
Apr 06 2012 18:01 GMT elsje323
beautiful temple shot
Apr 06 2012 19:58 GMT Lie
Great story and shot !
Have a nice easterweekend....
Apr 06 2012 22:10 GMT Jakeobean
Peter...thank you for the narrative on this beautiful structure....it's nice that they reconstructed the pagoda for future generations to enjoy....
Apr 06 2012 22:39 GMT DigitalOz
very interesting history of a great structure, nice picture
Apr 06 2012 22:44 GMT junne PRO
very impressive
Apr 07 2012 01:05 GMT SIGMUND
interesting history!!!!!!!!!!!
Apr 07 2012 02:35 GMT potterjo
Superb image
Apr 07 2012 05:35 GMT sini
Wonderful image!:)
Apr 07 2012 08:11 GMT senna3
Thanks to everyone for the nice comments!
Apr 09 2012 08:50 GMT wijnie58
Fantastic shot Peter...:-))