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Anuradhapura , The ancient ruins of Anuradhapura , Sri Lanka
The ancient ruins of Anuradhapura

A reclining Buddha, in the Dambulla complex of cave monasteries

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Anuradhapura Sri Lanka
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Discover Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura was the capital of the island until the 10th Century and remains the most sacred city in the country. Stay there for at least two days (a charming rest house lies on the grounds of the ancient city) to appreciate the treasures of the site that archeologists are still searching (the simplest means is by hiring a bycicle). Worth seeing: The temple housing the sacred tree, 'Bo', a descendant of the Ficus religiosa under which the Buddha received illumination, the sculptures of the Isurumuniya temple and the immense 'dagobas' that raise their domes above the paddy fields.

Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura , Sri Lanka
Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura is the former capital of Sri Lanka. Because of its many ancient ruins, it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Anuradhapura , The dagoba , Sri Lanka
The dagoba

The dagoba is a large cupola with a 100 meter diameter located in Anuradhapura.

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Anuradhapura , Sculptures in Anuradhapura , Sri Lanka
Sculptures in Anuradhapura

There are many statues of Buddha decorating the ruins of Anuradhapura.

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Anuradhapura , Frescoes in Anuradhapura , Sri Lanka
Frescoes in Anuradhapura

The frescoes and statues decorating the walls of the site are very colourful.

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Anuradhapura , The site of Anuradhapura , Sri Lanka
The site of Anuradhapura

Sculptures were carved right into the walls of the ancient capital.

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