Thursday, March 25, 2010

Sri Lanka, Sacred City of Anuradhapura, UNESCO World Heritage Site

Sri Lanka 50 Rupees 2004 P
Front: Guard stone from an entrance steps of a
stupa in Anuradhapura; Native male dancer with local headdress
Back: Temple ruins; Stupa in Anuradhapura; Ornamental sword hilt
Encycloworld Heritage Postcard - Sacred City of Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura, (அனுராதபுரம் in Tamil), is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins of ancient Lankan civilization.

The city, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lies 205 km north of the current capital Colombo in Sri Lanka's North Central Province, on the banks of the historic Malvathu Oya.

From the 4th century BC, it was the capital of Sri Lanka until the beginning of the 11th century AD. During this period it remained one of the most stable and durable centers of political power and urban life in South Asia. The ancient city, considered sacred to the Buddhist world, is today surrounded by monasteries covering an area of over sixteen square miles (40 km²). Read more

Information and Image Obtained From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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