Sacred City of Anuradhapura

Brief description

This sacred city was established around a cutting from the ‘tree of enlightenment’, the Buddha’s fig tree, brought there in the 3rd century B.C. by Sanghamitta, the founder of an order of Buddhist nuns. Anuradhapura, a Ceylonese political and religious capital that flourished for 1,300 years, was abandoned after an invasion in 993. Hidden away in dense jungle for many years, the splendid site, with its palaces, monasteries and monuments, is now accessible once again.

Unesco WHS list ref:  200

We’ve had 2 wonderful holidays in this lovely island, and have managed to visit ALL the sites! Every one was memorable.

This sign in Anuradhapura had 3 faces, and on each was a different language: sinhala, tamil and english.

From my collection


Cards to swap


Anuradhapura 1


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