Innwa was also known as Ava in the ancient times. It
is a city in the Mandalay Division of Myanmar, situated just to the
south of Amarapura on the Ayeyarwady River. It is also called Ratnapura
meaning "City of Gems".
In 1555, Innwa fell to the southern Burmese Kingdom of Taungoo, but in
1636, the king of Taungoo relocated his own capital to Innwa. In 1752,
the Mon revolted against Burmese rule and sacked Innwa. A couple of
years later, the founder of the new Konbaung Dynasty, Alaungpaya,
crushed the Mon revolt, and after a period with Shwebo as his capital,
re-established the court in Innwa.
Interesting Places in Innwa
The grand Bargaya monastery is built entirely with teak wood and decorated with splendid Myanmar architectural works.
Maha Aung Mye Bon Zan Monastery is also known as Me Nu Oak Kyaung.
Watch Tower (Nan Myint)
The Watch Tower, about 90ft (30m) high is the only masonry building left on the King Bagyidaw’s Palace built in 1822. The tower was left leaning to one side after an earthquake in 1838 but it was restored as its original structure. This is one of the Myanmar architectural styles of early 19th Century.
16 span Inwa Bridge (formerly Ava Bridge) was built by British engineers in 1934. It is both a railroad and vehicle bridge.
This is located near Inwa Bridge on the Mandalay side of the bank of Ayeyarwaddy River. It was the last fort built to defend the Mandalay capital at the Third Anglo-Myanmar War.
Innwa Mahar Myat Muni Pagoda
Yadana Hsimi Pagodas
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