1, 2, 3, 4, ... , 2217 (Bagan, Myanmar)

While the kingdoms of Bagan date back to the early 2nd century A.D., Bagan only entered its golden age with the conquest of Thaton by King Anawrahta in 1057 A.D. From this time, until Bagan was overrun by Kublai Khan's forces in 1287 A.D., more than 13,000 temples, pagodas and other religious structures were built. The river Irrawaddy has washed away nearly one-third of the original city area, thieves have torn apart many temples in search of treasures, while earthquakes and the ravages of time have reduced hundreds of others to great piles of crumbled stones. Today, seven centuries later, the Myanmar Archeology Department recorded 2217 temples standing and Bagan is one of the most impressive archeological site in Asia.

 

Here slightly after sunrise.

 

 

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