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Ratnaprasada

A skyscraper built by King Kanittha Tissa who ruled Sri Lanka  from 192-194 AD is named as Rathnaprasada. It is a Uposatha house of the Abhayagiri Vihara complex and the bhikkus of Pansakulika  sect resided  there.  The construction is one equal to Lovamahapaya but the two constructions belong to two different bhikku sects . The...
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Archaeological Museum

The old British colonial administration building has recently been renovated and converted into the  Archaeological Museum in Anuradhapura sacred city.   It is situated between the Brazon palace and Ruwanwelisaya. The museum which was established in 1947 is a famous one among other  Archaeological Museums in Sri Lanka. Also it  is one of the oldest museums...
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Moonstone – Sandakadapahana

Another unique feature of Sri Lankan architecture is the creation called Sandakada pahana which is  also known as Moon-stone. The name of it is based on the shape and the design. It is a semi- circular stone slab which is elaborately carved. However, square shaped and rectangular shaped moonstones were also found among ruins. The...
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Awukana

Avukana Buddha statue is situated in the village of Aukana near Kekirawa in North Central Province of Sri Lanka.  It is believed that the statue is carved by an unknown sculptor,  in the 5th century, during the reign of king Dhatusena. The statue is situated close to the famous Kalawewa and faces the tank. It...
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Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate)

A star gate is believed to be a gateway between the earth and the outer space. It is said that  human beings allegedly roamed the universe communicating with other intelligent human beings in the universe. Situated amongst the interests in Ranmasu Uyana, which is neighboured to Isurumuniya temple, the famous star gate plays a vital...
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Kalu Diya Pokuna

Kaludiya pokuna, Black water pond is the largest among the man-made  ponds in Mihintale ancient hermitage complex. This magnificent  pond is situated  at the foot of the western slopes of Mihintale and is shaded by humungous trees and surrounded by ruins.  One and a half kilometers to the south-west of Mihintale and at the foot...
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Tissa Wewa

Tissa Wewa, which is the third oldest tank in Anuradhapura archeological area is an artificial reservoir built by the king Devanampiya Tissa  in 3rd century BC. It can be considered as a symbol of ancient irrigation systems in Sri Lanka. It is located in the south west of the city. The tank was built with...
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Kadireshan Kovil

In the history of Anuradhapura kingdom the traces of Hindu influences mingled with Buddhist culture is seen sometimes. Sri Lankans have a mixture of Buddhist and Hindu beliefs. And sometimes the same god is worshipped by both Hindu and Buddhist devotees. Sri Kadiresan temple also known as Kadiresan Kovil is such an example find in...
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Jayanthi Viharaya

Jayanthi Vihara remains as a temple which was built more recently in Anuradhapura ancient city. The temple functions as a Buddhist temple and a school. It is a desire of many Buddhist male to be monks. The little monks dedicated to the religion are liable for having free education and  food and shelter for 18...
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Gal Palama – Stone Bridge

Being  the  capital of Sri Lanka over two thousand two hundred years, the highly developed road network to other southern kingdoms from Anuradhapura for travelling, trade and commercial purposes were ensured in the times of kings. As a result, sturdy bridges out of granite slabs and pillars were built over the rivers by the them....
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