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Sanphet Prasat Throne Hall, Ayutthaya, or The Sanphet Prasat Palace continued :~

The roofs and roof spires are modelled after those of the Aphon Phimoke Palace within the Grand Palace in Bangkok; the roofs over the wing as well as the spire and the spired roof that rises above the central room, its double series of lotus moulding's above seven diminutive stories with their false gables and their naga eaves brackets and fascia boards, are all sheathed with tin plate, as are the roofs over the wings, the short turned posts along the four ridges, the naga barge board over the gables and even the ends of the roof purlins. The hornlike finial on the roof ridge or chau fa at the extremities of the ridge lines as well as the hall gables naga barge boards are from Wat Pho, Bangkok. The eaves brackets are those of Wat Sala Pun in Ayutthaya Province. The stucco gable panels above the palaces porches are based on the stucco gables from Wat Khao Bandai It, Phetchaburi Province. The Mother of Pearl inlaid doors and windows follow those of the mondop over the Buddha's Footprint at Phra Buddha Bat in Saraburi Province.

The ornamental door and window frames, their reduced counterparts on the imaginary gables of the multi tiered spire and the palace spire itself are modelled after Wat Khao Bandai It, Phetchaburi Province as well as the large assembly hall from the Ayutthaya period at Wat Maha That in Nakhon Si Thammarat Province.  The plaster ornamentation follows the motifs of the prang at Wat Chulamani in Phitsanulok Province, which were carried out during the reign of King Baromatrai Lokanat. The basement plaster ornamentation for the reconstructed palace was inspired by examples from Wat Sa Bua at the foot of Khao Wang Hill in Phetchaburi Province. The two pairs of heraldic lions or singha at the foot of the steps leading to the palace are in the style of Wat Thamikarat in Ayutthaya Province.

The Palace Interior

The interior wall decorated with stucco derived from Wat Nang Phaya in the old town of Muang Si Satchanalai, Sukhothai Province. The four posts have also been gilded and inlaid with mirrored mosaic. The central ceiling panel is derived from woodcarving at the Sukhothai National Museum - a wood en ceiling panel from Wat Phra Baromthat at Muang Chalieng.

The moon and the stars motif carried by the four wings ceilings are influenced by those at Wat Maha That, Chalieng in Sukhothai Province and Wat Na Phra Meru in Ayutthaya Province. The mural paintings in the central chamber depict the story of The Ten Reincarnations of Vishnu as described in an Ayutthaya chronicle. The raised throne was once placed in the hall. It rose in three steps and was sheathed with gold and encrusted with precious gemstones. (It was moved to Ava by the Burmese in 1767 A.D.). The palace was used in many important state ceremonies. The palace hall was the room where Chavalier de Chaumont presented his credentials on behalf of Louis XIV, and of which de la Loubere, his aide, had given a vivid description. In the early Rattanakosin era, King Rama I had Indra Phisek Palace Hall modelled after the Sanphet Prasat. Unfortunately, the Indra Phisek was burnt down in a huge fire and Dusit Maha Prasat Palace was built on the same site but by a different plan. The Sanphet Prasat at Muang Boran was once used as a reception hall by His Majesty the King to welcome Queen Elizabeth II and her consort on February 11, 1972. That day is considered the official opening day of Muang Boran.