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Wat Phra Sri Attanamahathat, Lopburi

Wat Phra Sri Attanamahathat, Lopburi

Lopburi is the capital city of Lopburi Province in Thailand. It is located about 150 km north-east of Bangkok. The city has a long history, dating back into the Dvaravati period more than 1000 years ago, when it was known as Lavo. When the Khmer empire incorporated it, they destroyed all former buildings, so that the oldest ruins that can now be found in Lopburi are Khmer temples.

Wat PhraSriAttanamahathat, LopburiWat Phra Sri Attanamahathat is a large deserted temple. The temple covers an area of around 20 Rais / 8 Acres / 3.2Ha. It is situated opposite the rear entrance of Lopburi Railway Station.

The layout of the Phra Sri Attanamahathat temple consists of a large Prang at the centre of the complex, functioning as the principal part. Other buildings and Chedis surround the main Prang. According to the layout pattern of its architecture and sculptures existing in the temple, it is assumed by historians that the site was originally developed in the 13th century, with several renovations taking place up until the late Ayutthaya period.

WatPhraSriAttanamahathat, Lopburi

The construction within the temple complex can be divided clearly into two main groups; those built before the reign of King Narai the Great, and those built during his reign. The first group consists of the main Prang, the small Prang, minor Chedis and the Prang outside the boundary of the outer galleries. The second group consists of the Viharn (9 rooms), Chedis between the inner galleries and the outer galleries and Singha based Chedis.

The site has been a protected area since 1936

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