Ayutthaya: what a legend keeps this city?
In many countries, people built the beautiful capital city, then carried them, changed their names or were not able to defend against the enemy. The capital were destroyed, and then forgotten ...
But Ayutaya (Ayutthaya, Ayutthaya) - an ancient city, the majestic and mysterious ancient capital of Siam - is not forgotten. In this territory for several centuries there was the kingdom of Ayutthaya (by analogy with the city of Ayodhya - the birthplace of the god Rama in India).
The ruins of the city are included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites. And the city was rather big - about a million inhabitants, three royal palace, and about 400 churches, three dozen fortified forts. The city called "Rome South East Asia," he was built in 1350, and the governor Utong (U Thong), declared himself the first Rama Thibodeau, immediately signed a treaty with Portugal. So there were some, of course, no Christian church.
UK has been quite prosperous, trading with the world, has survived several wars. Could not only survive the recent invasion of the eternal rivals - the Burmese people. And now everyone knows and go to the new capital of Thailand - Bangkok (even if I stop, prefer mostly beach holiday in Pattaya).
While Ayutthaya not suffered the fate of Angkor, for several centuries absorbed the jungle, yet this city-museum under the open sky at least visit, but is only 70 kilometers from Bangkok.
A look at what there is: the Grand Palace on the banks of the river, surviving churches and numerous monasteries (wool), many of which are truly royal interiors and in one case - a statue of the Reclining Buddha, recently renovated.
In another temple (wool) directly inside a small Chinese temple dedicated to the princess who committed suicide because of the indifference of the King of Siam, with which the poor had been engaged.
And I want to talk about another ancient legend. Rather, it is not even a legend, but in a historically documented fact. But it looks like the story is a legend - very sad, in his own cautionary, but ambiguous, in a word, complicated history, which occurred on this earth.
The main enemies of Siam - Burmese could not just attack the city, finally, they simply almost sacked, destroyed and burned, killing all the people (common in those days). But even before the final victory, they put on the Siamese throne of the governor, and his young son were taken hostage and taken to Burma. There the boy grew up together Naresuan with another boy - the Burmese Prince. Make friends fast guys - they played together, then studied science (military science - in the first place), considered themselves brothers.
And then a hostage returned to his homeland - in Siam. But in the kingdom so hated by the Burmese invaders, which immediately began an uprising. And it Naresuan led the uprising. It was called "Black Prince" for valor. And finally, in the main battle, Naresuan met with his brother. And killed him. What he really felt at the same time, we can only guess. But the city still briefly regained independence: 20 years later he could not stand the onslaught and fell.
It seems that this is not one of a kind story. It would be better not to fight at all, of course ...