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Notes on the Geography of Burma / Myanmar: Moulmein 2: Mosques, Churches, Schools

A portfolio of mosques, churches, and schools--all in a state of decay.

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There aren't many Muslims left in Moulmein, but there are several surviving mosques, including the waterfront Kaladan Mosque, for Sunni Muslims.

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Not far to the south, the Sulati Mosque, also Sunni; between the two is a smaller Shia mosque.

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A row of dilapidated Christian churches runs along Upper Main Road.

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Some are in better shape than others.

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Hardly a lifetime passed between construction of these churches and the collapse of British colonial rule.

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The 1880s were a prosperous decade for Moulmein.

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An exotic baptismal font.

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A great many of the churches were partnered with schools.

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Newer schools are simpler and of teak.

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A British-built high school.

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A school downtown, originally for Indian students.

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The interior of one of the classrooms in the school shown in the previous picture.

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First student of the day. He's just climbed the stairs, which lead from the street-level entrance.

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Another classroom in the school.

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Lesson of the previous day.

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A mission school.

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A side gate to the same school: the microscope in wrought-iron is a fine symbol of the missionaries' hopes of introducing science to Burma.


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