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 :

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.

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