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Wat Mahathat

Wat Mahathat or the Monastery of the Great Relic is located on the city island in the central part of Ayutthaya in Tha Wasukri sub-district. The temple is situated on the corner of the present Chikun Road and Naresuan Road. The monastery stood on the west bank of Khlong Pratu Khao Pluak, an important canal, which has been filled up somewhere in the early 20th century. In ancient times the temple was likely fully surrounded by canals and moats. The structure has been registered as a national historic site by the Fine Arts Department on 8 March 1935 and is part of the Ayutthaya World Heritage Historical Park. The exact date of the establishment of Wat Maha That is difficult to assess. The Luang Prasoet version of the Royal Chronicles of Ayutthaya put its construction in 736 Chula Sakarat or 1374 of the Christian Era, during the reign of King Borommaracha I "1370-1388", somehow 23 years after the establishment of Ayutthaya. The chronicles mention that the central prang had a height of 46 meter. Later versions of the Royal Chronicles of Ayutthaya state that Wat Mahathat was established by King Ramesuan "1388-1395" after his attack of Chiang Mai in 1384 "746 CS". But this date is not corroborating with his period of reign. In general, historians bet on the two horses and take as granted that the construction of the monastery was started by King Borommaracha I and completed in King Ramesuan’s reign. In the second version the prang was 38 meter high with on top, a finial of 6 meter.
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