Asia  | 29/12/2014

The Temples of BAGAN

Marco Polo, who may or may not have visited on his travels, described Bagan as one of the best places in the world. Despite centuries of abandonment, looting, erosion, earthquakes (including a massive one in 1975), is still strewn with amazing temples  offering an unforgettable vision.

In a 230 year building frenzy up until 1287 and the Mongol invasions, Bagan's kings commissioned more than 4000 Buddhist temples. These brick and stucco religious structures are all that remain of their grand city, with the 11th to 13th century wooden buildings having long gone.

Many restoration projects have resulted in a compromised archaeological site that can barely be described as ruins. Often the restorations bear little relation to the building styles and techniques used at the time of original construction. Despite of that, Bagan remains a wonder. Working temples such as Ananda Pahto, give a sense of what the place was like at its zenith, while others conceal colourful murals and hidden stairways that lead to exterior platforms and jaw-dropping views across.



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