Sunsets, pagodas and mirages
Bagan, can be considered as the largest abandoned religious complex and impressive in the world. The panoramic view, in the middle of the dusty plains where thousands of Buddhist temples appear like fungi, often seems a mirage.
The ancient Bagan -also known as Pagan- is the name of the abandoned capital of kingdoms that have integrated to Burma, now Myanmar. In the midst of a great arid plateau, emerge between vegetation thousand domes of temples in one of the most extraordinary religious cities of the planet.
A few panoramic can be as spectacular such as in Bagan, where at sunset, the high profiles of thousands of pagodas and temples are mixed in this plain magic with the spindly palm providing the dusty set of a magical and mystical halo, reminiscent of its glorious past, when more than 13,000 temples, pagodas and stupas were built in the region.
Bagan is located in the central plain of Myanmar, Burma. Ancient city of kings between XI and XIII centuries competed to see who built more temples, taller, and more gold, reaching the incredible figure of 13,000 temples. Today about 2,500 Buddhist monuments (temples, stupas, monasteries, etc) are preserved. Unfortunately, it appears that Burmese dictatorship has better things to think about before in this historic conservation and wonderful place and the whole complex, which is not even listed as a World Heritage Site, remains in a strange of semi-abandonment with some sporadic restoration, apparently does more harm than good to the constructions.
No one can say that Burma is a paradise for tourists by insecurity and social policy in recent times, but still, those who choose to travel there can be considered a privileged to enjoy, practically alone, in this amazing place.