Monday, January 10, 2005

Ava

Ancient capital of central Myanmar (Burma), on the left bank of the Irrawaddy River at the Myitnge confluence. It is linked by a road and rail bridge, 5,894 feet (1,796 m) long, to the town of Sagaing; this is the only place where the Irrawaddy is bridged. Its name is a corruption of the Burmese Inwa, meaning ´┐Żentrance to the lake.´┐Ż The site was chosen in 1364 by the Shans who succeeded the Pagan dynasty.

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