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Sri Lanka Map


In the ancient history of Sri Lanka, Polonnaruwa served as the island's second ancient capital from the 11th to 13th centuries, a relatively brief but glorious epoch that witnessed a flowering of Buddhist arts and architecture.

The palaces, royal buildings and Buddhist shrines boast some captivating examples of master craftsmanship, the most notable being the Gal Vihara's beautiful images of the reclining and meditating Buddha carved into the rock face. Few other memorable archeological sites in Polonnaruwa are the Watadage, majestic King's Council Chamber, the Lotus Bath, the Lanka Thilaka Viharaya, and the statue of one of Polonnaruwa's great kings, Parakramabahu.

The level of detail in the carvings and their well preserved condition makes it hard to believe they are almost a thousand years old.