Anuradhapura is one of the greatest ancient cities in Sri Lanka. Proud history of Sri Lankans can be still viewed by Anuradhapura city’s ruins. Proud ancient capital, Anurdhapura, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was the center of Theravada Buddhism for many centuries. A huge Irrigation lake (Tisa wewa, Kala wewa) which remains even today also gives an added attraction to this proud city.
Places to be visited in Anuradhapura
The Sri Maha Bodhiya : Sri Maha Bodiya is a sacred bo tree that is grown from a branch of the original sacred bo tree under which Lord Buddha attentained Nibbana. Situated very near to Anuradhapura city area.
Ruwanwelisaya : Built by King Dutugemunu Ruwanwelisaya is also known Rathnamali, Hemamali, Swarnamali etc. Situated very near to Anuradhapura city area.
Abayagiriya : Another great Buddhist monastery and temple built by king Walagamba.
Thuparamaya : Another great Buddhist monastery and temple built by king DewanamPiya Tissa at the request of Mahinda Thera.
Mirisawetiya Vihara : A stupa built by king Dutugemunu for asking forgiveness from sangha for eating a chillie curry without offering .
The Archaeolgy Museum : A place to view many artifacts found in ruins’ sites. Gems, pottery, ancient jewelry etc.
The Folk Museum : artifacts of ancient folk people
Jetavana : Built by king Mahasen, Jethawana Sthupa is the biggest stupa in SriLanka. Also known as Dagaba, this is a 4th tallest structure in the ancient whole world. (10 tallest structures : http://www.realmofhistory.com/2015/11/13/10-tallest-man-made-architectural-triumphs-from-our-ancient-world/)
The Citadel : The center of the ancient city. The city walls and the other remaining can be found here.
The Moonstone : Is a beautiful rock craving which is placed at the entrance of ancient monasteries and temples. Is famous for its size and vivid decorations.
Lovamahapaya : Between the Sri Maha Bodiya and Ruwanweliseya there are 1600 stone pillars, which are the remainings of a great building.
Isurumuniya Vihara: Built by king DewanamPiya Tissa who is an important king for Buddhism. Decorated by various rock carvings.