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Mandalay Palace

 

In 1858 the foundations for the Palace

wall were laid out and persons selected to be buried alive under each gate and one under each corner of the Mandalay Palace wall. In addition, four were buried under the Mandalay Palace Lion Throne and others at strategic points. All together fifty-two humans, among them a pregnant woman, were buried within the Mandalay palace fortress on the advice an assembly of astrologers.

The fortified Mandalay Palace,

built in the form of a square with brick and mud-plastered walls, is 8 meters high and 2 kilometers long. It has 12 gates equidistant from each other, 3 on each side, surmounted by tiered roofs. A moat (picture below) 66 meters wide and 3.7 meters deep, surrounds the city with four bridges leading to the doors in he wall.

Myanmar Mandalay Palace Illustration from the 19 Century
Illustration from the 19 Century
Myanmar Mandalay Palace Illustration from the 19 Century Panorama
Illustration from the 19 Century Panorama
Myanmar Mandalay Palace Moat and Wall Sunset
Mandalay palace moat, wall and sunset
Myanmar Mandalay Palace Meditating under the rain tree
Meditating under the rain tree
Mandalay Palace Building
The renovated palace
Mandalay Palace Building next to the Throne Hall
Mandalay Palace Building next to the Lion Throne Hall

The king declared this is the centre of the universe and he is receiving the messages directly 'from above' through

Mandaly Palace the centre of the universe communication was throug the spire
The centre of the universe communication was through the spire.

the spire (picture left).

The Royal Palace

of traditional Myanmar wooden architecture was a complex of highly ornamented and gilded buildings and glass mosaic. The original buildings were razed to the ground by fire near the end of World War II but

Myanmar Mandalay Palace the centre of the universe now Myat Nan San Kyaw, the golden Palace, has been reconstructed according to its original design. The funds were donated from various parties, mainly from the wealthy after some constructive requests by the local military.

Mandalay Palace moat and wall
Mandalay Palace moat and wall and a Karawaik Restaurant
Myanmar Mandalay Palace British Soldiers Parade
British Soldiers Parade

Finally the country was taken over by the British
in 1885.

Because of the Brits the country was pushed into WW2 and the evacuation of the Brits who were running away from the Japanese
and reoccupied the country after the war. During war time, many buildings were either burnt down or heavily damaged, the most prominent victim was the palace. However in the last years of 198x, the palace and many buildings were restored.

Last Myanmar or Burmese King and Queen in Mandalay
Last King and Queen in Mandalay,
 


 
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