General view from the west of Mandalay Hill
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the west of Mandalay hill taken by an unknown photographer in the 1880s. View of the entrance to a monastery at Mandalay, with Mandalay Hill in the background. Mandalay Hill lies to the north-east of Mandalay, a royal capital founded by King Mindon Min in 1857. As a consequence of royal patronage religious architecture was found throughout the city, and a number of monasteries, pagodas and stupas were clustered around the base of the hill. Beyond the fenced enclosure and spire-topped gateway are rectangular wooden halls with tiered roofs and a tiered pyat-that spire. The eaves and gables of the roofs are traditionally decorated with flame-like wood carvings. In the distance one of two covered stairways ascends the spine of the hill, the site of various shrines and temples.