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Anuradhapura

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An Ancient Kingdom

 

It was the capital of the Sri Lanka from 4th century BC to beginning of 11th century AD. Today this ancient capital of Sri Lanka has become sacred to the whole Buddhist world , with its surrounding monasteries covering a area of 40 sq kilometers and one of the worlds major archaeological sites.

According to Mahavamsa, the great chronicle of the Sinhalese, the city of Anuradhapura was named after a Minister called Anuradha who founded this area as a village settlement

  • Abayagiri Stupa
  • Asokaramaya (Pankuliya Buddha Statue)
  • Dhakkhina Stupa
  • Eth Pokuna
  • Galpalama (Stone bridges)
  • Isurumuniya Vihara (Originally Meghagiri Vihara)
  • Jethavana Viharaya ( Jethavana Temple)
  • Kuttam Pokuna (Twin Ponds)
  • Lankaramaya
  • Lovamahapaya (The Great Copper Roofed Mansion)
  • Mihinthale
  • Mirisavatiya Dagaba
  • Pancavasa (Biso Maligaya) with the Moonstone
  • Ranmasu Uyana ( Goldfish Park)
  • Rathna Prasada (Jewel Palace)
  • Ruwanvali Seya
  • Samadhi Statue
  • Sri Maha Bodhi (The sacred Bo-Tree)
  • Tapovana Monastery
  • The Royal palace of King Vijayabahu I
  • Thuparama
  • Vessagiriya (originally Issara Samanarama or Isurumuniya)
  • Sandakada Pahana - Moonstone
  • Korawakgala - Balustrades of Bhuddhist Buildings
  • Mura Gala ( Guard Stone)
  • Atamasthana

Other Historical Sites Around Anuradhapura

  • Awkana Buddha Statue
  • Ras Vehera (Sesuruwa)
  • Hatthikucchi
  • Namal Uyana
  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Mihinthale

 

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