Ca. 1910. Two sweeping photographic views of Mandalay (Burma, now Myanmar) and its stunning pagodas and temples, by an unidentified photographer. The first image taken from Mandalay Hill, looking down at the city and its huge square fortress with the Royal Palace at the center, the Ayeyarwady River in the distance beyond the fortress. What appears to be the curving sweep of a race track is visible at the middle right side of the image.
The second image taken at street level, showing the approach to the Kuthodaw Pagoda at the extreme right, and carriage tracks visible in the sand. This Pagoda is a Buddhist stupa which contains the world's largest book, built during the reign of King Mindon in 1868.
Mandalay was built mainly in 1857–59 by King Mindon to replace Amarapura as his capital. It was the last capital of the Myanmar kingdom and fell to British troops in 1885, who were billeted all around the city in the local monasteries, temples and pagodas. This sadly resulted in the desecration and pillaging of many of these monuments.
10 x 8", laid down on heavy card stock. Very good condition. Item #25013