Notes on the Geography of Great Mirror: Photo 2
That-byin-nyu (the "Omniscient," referring to the Buddha) was also built by Sithu I but follows Shwe-gu-gyi by 20 years. It not only emphasizes the vertical but creates an upper-level shrine reached by stairs.
In the foreground is a bit of Pagan's remnantal city wall, built about 850, roughly 200 years before Pagan became an imperial power. It forms a backwards L, abutting the Irrawaddy, whose curvature forms the other sides of the city's perimeter. The enclosed area is about one square mile, though changes in the river's course have made it smaller than it once was.
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