Shwedagon StupaSwedagon Stupa
It is an important buddhistic memorial with a long story encircled by legend. Pagodas are temples of sorts, usually made up of a multi-storey one. The Shwedagon is actually a stupa, which is a holy Buddhistic form of a church bells, often with a reliquary inside.
Archeologists and scientists say the Shwedagon Pagoda was constructed by the Mon tribe of Myanmar. The building work should have begun in the sixth c.. In the beginning the original structures were much lower than the present ones. It was in the 16th and 18th centuries when the Myanmar king Binnya U chose to reconstruct the church and increase its altitude to about 60ft.
In the fifteenth centuary Queen Binnya Thau carried out important work. It increased the level of the temples to about 130 ft, built patios on the hillside where the pit is situated and fortified the uppermost patio with rocks. As early as the sixteenth centuary, the Shwedagonagh was an important Buddhaist memorial to pilgrims in Burma.
King Hsinbyushin had it fixed and extended to its present level of almost 330 ft in the latter part of the eighteenth centuary, after several quakes had destroyed the dam. Behind the origin of the ancestry of the podium is a myth. This place became the Shwedagonagoda. From the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries, the temples with annexes, chests and other memorials have been growing.
Today the complex is made up of the central stupa and: There are four smaller Stupa, each aligned to a different point of the cardinals. There are eight small chests in each of the eight corner of the central stupa. Situated on a hillside, the large gold stupa, the central structure is made up of several parts and floors that rise from its eight-sided pedestal.
The plinth is used as a plinth for the real brickwork building with many small marble racks. At the bottom of the main part of the podium are three eight-sided patios, which can only be accessed by religious. At the top is the pointed tower shaped one.
There are seven concentrated circles in the lower part, the central part in the leaf of the lotsus, the top part in the drop shaped and the shade that surrounds the entire body. It is adorned with fine fabrics. In fact, the gilded outer surface is made of many pieces of gilded plate that cover the tilework.