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|Type of monument||Type III Temple|
|Location||North of Bagan Myothit|
|Region||Thiripyitsaya & Bagan Myothit|
|Built by||Queen Seinnyet|
Seinnyet Ama Temple (1,085/ 457)
The ” Seinnyet Sisters” – the Ama ( Elder Sister) a temple, and the Nyima (Younger Sister) a pagoda- stand together in a brick enclosure.
The Seinnyet Ama is said by tradition to have been built by the Seinyet Queen in the 11th century, but stylistically it belongs to the 13th century. The temple has entrances on all four sides but the eastern entrance is the main one. The superstructure consists of four steep receding terraces, the lower three of which have medial stairways. Above these terraces rises a curvilinear spire.
The triple pediments which once framed the entrances are now much damaged, but the stucco carvings which remain decorative scrolls, ogre-heads disgorging flowers, bird and animal figures some of which are mythical- hint at the richness of the original ornamentation.
Seinnyet Ama Temple (Google Map)
Glimpse of Glorious Bagan, Universities Historical Research Centre, Yangon, Myanmar, The University Press, 1996
Pictorial Guide to Pagan, Ministry of Culture, Yangon, Myanmar, The Printing and Publish Corporation, Reprint 1975
The Pagodas and Monuments of Bagan, Vol. 1, Translated by Dr Khin Maung Nyunt, Ministry of Information, Yangon, Myanmar, Graphic Training Centre (G.T.C), 1995
The Pagodas and Monuments of Bagan , Vol. 2, English Text by Dr Khin Maung Nyunt, Ministry of Information, Yangon, Myanmar, Graphic Training Centre (G.T.C), 1998