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A city of south-central Thailand on an island in the Chao Phraya River north of Bangkok. It was founded c. 1350 and was the capital of a Siamese kingdom until 1767, when it was destroyed by the Burmese.
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(Placename) a city in S Thailand, on the Chao Phraya River: capital of the country until 1767; noted for its canals and ruins. Pop (province): 727 300 (2000). Also called: Ayudhya or Ayuthia
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(ɑˈyu tɑ yɑ)

a city in central Thailand, on the Chao Phraya: former national capital. 47,189.
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His titles appeared to have more in common with those of his contemporaries in Ayuthia and Arakan than those found in later Malay letters.
From about the fifteenth century the northern Malayan peninsula increasingly came under the influence of powerful Siamese kingdoms in Ayuthia and Bangkok.
you'll see thousands of people living almost as the people of Bangkok and Ayuthia have lived for hundreds of years.
On 14 August, Thai police announced the arrest of Riduan Isamuddin (also known as Hambali), a suspect in the Bali bombing of October 2002, in Ayuthia, where a small Muslim community lives.
Maxwell Sommerville, writing in 1897 of his visit to the area, describes the pagoda coming into view only after passing the entrance to the river; see Maxwell Sommerville, Siam on the Meinam from the Gulf to Ayuthia, Together with Three Romances Illustrative of Siamese Life and Customs (London: Sampson Low, Marston and Co., 1897), p.
This consisted of the new Japanese-built coast defence battleships Ayuthia and Dhonburi delivered in 1938, which each boasted four eight-inch guns, plus three small destroyers supplied during the 1930s by Mussolini's Italy.
Principal battles: Ava (on the Irrawaddy, now a ruin) (1753); Dagon (Rangoon) (1755); sieges of Syriam (near Rangoon) (1756), Pegu (1757), and Ayuthia (Ayudhya, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya) (1760).
Since almost no Thai accepted conversion, the mission at Ayuthia was denied the use of a native Thai clergy to procure further conversions.
Sujit himself wrote the lead article, "In the Ayuthia period, Sukhothai was not yet dead", [15] which challenged the neat, unilinear dynastic periodization of conventional Thai history, and attacked the Fine Arts Department and the officials of Sukhothai province for their complicity in maintaining this state of affairs.