Polonnaruwa, capital from the 11th to the 13th Centuries, exhibits superb relics, including an immense statue of the Buddha 60ft tall. Built on the banks of the Lake Topa Wewa, numerous palaces, temples and monasteries are reminiscent of the past splendour of this royal city.
Buddha's tooth is said to have passed through here at some point. Today you can admire the remarkable quality of the engravings.© GRAPHICOBSESSION
The master lies at the foot of Ananda, one of his disciples, sagely awaiting death. This work is extremely impressive due to its size.© Miroslaw Hejnicki / 123RF
When he is sitting in the lotus position, with the soles of his feet turned to the sky and his left hand on his right hand, this means that the Buddha is meditating.© GRAPHICOBSESSION
Polonnaruwa was once the capital of Sri Lanka. It was the home of the Sinhalese kings from the 11th to the 13th centuries.© Donyanedomam / 123RF
Sitting meditating, this Buddha is one of the four pillars of the Gal Vihara.© Freeartist / 123RF