The last Burman King, Mindon, reigned in Mandalay, until given the heave-ho by the invading British in 1885. It was the habit of Burman and Mon Kings to move the capital (and kill and imprison rivals) upon taking the throne.
Around Mandalay are several former capitals, such as Ava, Amarapura, Sagaing and Shwebo.
Adding Monywa, which has several important Buddhist monastries (which I may not have visited) and the British escape from heat hill station of Pyin Oo Lwin makes for an interesting loop through regional Burma and its history.
I visited in 1997, and I am quite unsure of where many of these images came from exactly. I also wish I had spent more time, and gone in with more knowledge of the area and its sights.
I look forward to the day I can safely do the area more justice.