Shwegu Gyi Phaya
Old Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)
About Shwegu Gyi Phaya
The Shwegugyi temple and the nearby ruins of the former royal palace form an interesting juxtaposition of Bagan sites. According to a contemporary Pali inscription on stone slabs in the building the temple was built in 7 1/2 months in 1131 AD under orders from King Sithu I. The temple is reflective of a slow change in architectural style to a lighter, airier and more decorated form with a stress on the vertical and reminds one of the transitions between the Romanesque and Gothic styles in Europe
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