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Anuradhapura is a historic town in North Central Province of Sri Lanka. Anuradhapura is famous for its religious complex as well as many smaller temples, shrines and other monuments.




Location: North Central Province    Map




Travel Destinations in Anuradhapura

Bodhi Tree Temple (The Sri Maha Bodhiya) (Anuradhapura)


Ruwanwelisaya (Anuradhapura)


The Ruwanwelisaya in Anuradhapura is a stupa that is considered sacred by Buddhists in Sri Lanka and all over the World. Constructed by king Dutugemunu in the second century BC. Its construction began after king defeated his enemy, Chola king Elara. The stupa is considered one of the Solosmasthana, 16 places of veneration. The building reaches a height of 300 ft (91 meters) with circumference of 950 feet (290 meters).


Jetavana (Anuradhapura)


Jetavanaramaya or Jetavana in Anuradhapura was constructed by king Mahasena (273- 301 AD). The stupa was initiated after destruction of Mahavihara under supervision of king's son Maghavanna. Mahavihara being a center of Theravada Buddhism was defeated and destroyed by king Mahasena after he took side of the monks of the Abhayagiri Vihara. The stupa carries a belt of Buddha. The building reaches a height of 400 feet (122 meters) and has a volume of 233,000 m2 (2,508,000 sq ft). Constructed from 93.3 million baked bricks Jetavanaramaya in Anuradhapura was the third tallest structure of the Ancient World.



Lovamahapaya (Anuradhapura)


Lovamahapaya or Brazen Palace in Anuradhapura got its name for bronze tiles that covered the roof of the building. Today only 1600 pillars remain from the magnificent building. The sides of the buildings measured 400 feet (120 meters) in length.

The Western Monasteries (Anuradhapura)


Thuparamaya (Anuradhapura)


Isurumuniya (Anuradhapura)


Lankarama (Anuradhapura)


Vessagiri (Anuradhapura)








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