Mihintale

Mihintale is revered as the birthplace of Buddhism in Sri Lanka.

It is believed by Sri Lankans to be the site of a meeting between the Buddhist monk Mahinda and King Devanampiyatissa.

In the month of June this place is becoming a major religious center, where pilgrims all dressed in white to celebrate Poson Poya, which refers to the day of the birth of Buddhism in Sri Lanka .

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Mihintale Aradhana Gala or Meditation Rock at the Mihintale ancient city near Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
The staircase to the Buddhist Monastery in Mihintale, the site of pilgrimage, historic and cultural interest, the notable landmark for tourists, Sri Lanka.
Mihintale Aradhana Gala or Meditation Rock at the Mihintale ancient city near Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
Mihintale in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka at dusk

Lovamahapaya

Lovamahapaya is a building situated between Ruwanweliseya and Sri Mahabodiya in the ancient city of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.

It is also known as the Brazen Palace or Lohaprasadaya because the roof was covered with bronze tiles.

The edifice with its 400 foot long sides was supported by 40 rows of 40 stone pillars, totalling 1600 pillars, most of which are still remain standing to this day.

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Stone pillars are all that remains of the ruins of the Brazen Palace or Lovamahapaya on a cloudy blue sky day in ancient Anuradhapura capitol in Sri Lanka. Horizontal
Anuradhapura/ Sri Lanka – AUGUST 07, 2019: view of original stone pillars that remain at the ruins of the Brazen Palace. Or Lowamahapaya Temple, one of the Unesco world heritage site.

Thuparama

Thuparama is the first stupa to be built in the country after the introduction of Buddhism to Sri Lanka.

Built in the time of king Devamnampiyatissa (250BC – 210BC).

The stupa was built on the instructions of Mahinda Thero who brought Buddhism to the island to enshrine the right collar-bone of Lord Buddha.

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Thuparamaya stupa in ancient city of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. Thuparamaya is the first Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka dating back to the (247-207 BC).
Panoramic view of restored Thuparamaya Dagoba with white bell shaped Stupa, altars, tilted vatadage pillars and Buddhist flags, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. Beautiful cloudy sky landscape.
Thuparamaya is a dagoba in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. It is a Buddhist sacred place of veneration.

The Lankaramaya stupa

The Lankaramaya stupa was built on the 1st century BC by King Vattagamini Abaya (Walagamba). The ancient name of this temple is “Silasobbha Khandaka Cetiya”

This stupa too has had a magnificent vatadage surrounding the stupa. There are indications of 88 stone pillars have supported the roof of the vatadage. Today only few remains out of these.

Lankaramaya is definitely a great place to visit on your holiday to Sri Lanka’s Ancient Kingdom Anuraddhapura.

Mirisawetiya

Mirisawetiya is one of the most ancient Stupas in Sri Lanka . Built by the Great King Dutugemunu.

It is believed that the great King Dutugemunu made many wishes here that have come true during his lifetime.

It is rumored that the King once forgot to offer a pod of chillie to the Monks before eating . As a token of apology, it is said that the King named the Stupa Mirisawetiya.

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Mirisawetiya is one of the most ancient Dagabas in Sri Lanka. Built by the great king Dutugemunu more than 2100 ago, this Maginficant Structure is a must see for any visitor to the sacred city
View at the Entrance to Mirisawetiya Stupa in Anuradhapura town – Sri Lanka
ANURADHAPURA,SRI LANKA – FEBRUARY 3,2020 – View at the Entrance to Mirisawetiya Stupa in Anuradhapura. Anuradhapura is the capital city of North Central Province of Sri Lanka.
Buddhist temple at Mirisawetiya Dagoba in the evening twilight. Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

Isurumuniya

Isurumuniya is one of the granite, marble and stone structures located near Tissa Wewa in Anuradhapura.

The structure of Isurumuniya is a crossover between a temple and a fortress.

Isurumuniya nurtures young minds and leads them along the path of spirituality, wisdom and council. It shelters tourists and serves as an abode that facilitates religious teachings and discipline.

The structure evokes decorum and the carvings on stone are beyond thought provoking.

This divine structure comes to life with internationally acclaimed inscriptions of the Isurumuniya Lovers, Elephant Pond and The Royal Family.

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Royal Family carving in the Isurumuniya Viharaya, Anuradhapura
Isurumuniya Vihara, Rock temple, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
Isurumuniya Vihara, a Buddhist cave temple at the Sacred City of Anuradhapura, Cultural Triangle, Sri Lanka, Asia
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka – February 2020: Sculpture of the lovers in the Isurumuniya Vihara Buddhist temple on February 6, 2020 in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.

Jetavanaramaya

The Jetavanaramaya is a Buddhist Stupa located in the ruins of Jetavana in the ancient city Anuradhapura.

It is one of the eight sacred places in Sri Lanka, and it is considered as the tallest Buddhist Stupa in the ancient world, with a height of 400 feet.

The stupa represents Buddhist monks of the Theravada and Mahayana sects, and it has a high significance in the country.

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The Jethawanaramaya or Jetavanaramaya is a stupa located in the ruins of Jetavana in the sacred world heritage city of Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka.
Wall remains from former structures in grass lead viewer to large Jetavanaramaya Stupa and its broken spire at ancient Anuradhapura capitol ruins in Sri Lanka. Horizontal
Sun Dawn in Jetavanaramaya, Anuradhapura. Near Basawakkulama

Abhayagiriya

Abhayagiriya is an ancient Buddhist Monestry situtated in Anuradhapura , Sri Lanka.

The monestry was established by King Valagamba.

Histrorically it was a great monastic center as well as a royal capital, with magnificent monasteries rising to many stories, roofed with gilt bronze or tiles of burnt clay glazed brilliant colors.

The term “Abhayagiri Vihara” refers not only to the complex of monastic building , but also a franternity of Buddhist monks , or Sangha, which maintained its own historical records, traditions and way of life.

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Abhayagiriya stupa in Anuradhapura,The second largest stupa in Sri Lanka, the Abhayagiriya stupa stands at 75m up to the damaged spire. It is located in , and was built in the 1st century BC
Abayagiri buddhist Stupa in Anuradhapura
Abayagiri buddhist Stupa in Anuradhapura

Ruwanweli Maha Seya

Ruwanweli Maha Seya is a prominent Buddhist stupa situated in the ancient historic city of Anuradhapura.
Ruwanweli Maha Seya is a stupa which is a hemispherical structure and contains the largest collection of relics (two quarts) of the Buddha and it is considered sacred to many buddhists all over the world .
The stupa was built by the great King Dutugamuu who reigned from 137BC to 119BC .
Ruwanweli Maha Seya is also know by the names of “Swarnamali Chaitya” , “Rathnamali Chaitya” and “Mahathupa”.
This stupa is one of the world’s tallest ancient structures standing at a height of approximately 103 m and with a circumference of 290 m. Consequently it stands among the top in the list largest stupa in Sri Lanka.
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ANURADHAPURA, SRI LANKA – JAN 11, 2015: The Ruwanwelisaya is a stupa in Sri Lanka, considered a marvel for its architectural qualities and sacred to many Buddhists all over the world.
Panorama of Mahatupa or Ruwanweliseya big Dagoba in Anuradhapura, Unesco, Sri Lanka, Asia
ANURADHAPURA, SRI LANKA – 21 Feb 2016: A procession of people dressed in white wraps a 366m orange cloth around the Ruwanwelisaya stupa for the Full Moon Hindu ceremony in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.
Anuradhapura,Sri Lanka- April 16th 2021: Budhist stupa Ruwanweliseya in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. White stupa with golden top with green park palm tree and grass field background. Unesco world heritage

The Lipton’s Seat

The Lipton’s Seat is one of Sri Lanka’s most impressive viewpoints , it is located on the top of the town’s namesake, Poonagala Hill.
Sir Thomas Lipton used to sit and contemplate his plantation with its stony landscape and green tea bushes .
The point of Lipton’s Seat is reached by climbing for around 7km surrounded by peaceful green tea plantations .
The climb is worth it , just for this !.
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Sunrise in Lipton’s seat, Sri Lanka
Nuwara Eliya, SRI LANKA – February 01 2019: Lipton Seat Viewpoint. Monument to Sir Thomas Lipton
Haputale, Uva Province / Sri Lanka – Mar 22/2012: Liptons Seat, a view point overlooking the main tea growing regions of Sri Lanka, Dambatenne Estate, Haputale, Sri Lanka.