Photograph from a series by the Archaeological Survey of Burma, including views of Burmese architecture, sculpture and relics, taken between 1907-13, and listed in the Annual Report of the Superintendent. A general view, with the Settawya Pagoda at Mingun visible in the background. Mandalay in central Burma was the capital of the last Burmese kingdom. Clustered around it on the banks of the Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwady) river are other ancient cities, Mingun being one of them, located 11kms upriver, on the opposite bank. The Settawya shrine contains a vaulted chamber housing a marble footprint of the Buddha, which was brought to Mingun by King Bodawpaya (ruled 1782-1819) when the relic chamber in his big pagoda was ceremoniously sealed. The Settawya was completed in 1811.