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Ancient capital, extensive ruins

Once a great city, now ruins and a modest new town lying in the centre of the island, Anuradhapura represents the golden age of Sinhalese culture.
It was at its time (almost 1000 years ago one of the greatest cities of the world, both an administrative and spiritual centre (with more than 10,000 monks living there)
Anuradhapura is popular with local crowds who come to worship the Sacred Bo tree.

Some history

The city was founded in 4th century BC but gained more importance as a Buddhist pilgrimage and studying centre 100 years later. In 1st century AD it reach its peak of prosperity, but by he end of the 10th century it was devasted, to give rise to Polonnaruwa as the new capital.
Anuradhapura experienced several attacks from enemies in its mellenium history

  • Last visit to Anuradhapura: Jan 2006
  • Intro Updated Oct 30, 2006
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