Ayutthaya Ruins
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...now a quiet, empty husk of slouching stupas, toppled headless buddhas, deteriorating facades and aged stone, lovely in their crumble and settled into an enveloping calm...

The city of Ayutthaya was the ancient capital of the Thai kingdom, which expanded to become the nation of Siam. Established in 1350, the capital flourished and became an international city, compared in wealth and size to Paris. Then in 1767 the city was sacked and burned by the invading Burmese. Left in ruins, the remains of the city are now a historical park and UNSECO World Heritage Site. These photos were taken at seven of the principal ruins, including Wat Mahathat, Wat Phra Ram, Wat Phra Sri Samphet, and Wat Lokaya Sutha.

 
 
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