Ayutthaya

 
 

Ayutthaya (full name Pra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya) - the ancient capital of Thailand - is located 85 km to the north of Bangkok, in the central plains and at the confluence of the three Chao Phraya, Lopburi and Pa Sak rivers. Thanks to its strategic position, it was one of the most important cities for trade in Asia and perhaps also in the world. In the seventeenth century it was a large city with over one million inhabitants, however, it was almost completely destroyed by the Burmese. In 1991, the city was recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site for its cultural values. The peculiarities of the city are found in the reliquary towers (prang) and the great monasteries that form the "Ayutthaya Historical Park" – a destination of great tourist attractions.

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