For well over thousand years the history of Sri Lanka, was essentially the history of Anuradhapura.Situated almost at the center of the island’s nothern plains,the city rose to prominence very early in the development of the island, and maintained its pre-eminent position for over a millennium until begin laid waste y Indian invaders in 993. At its height Anuradhapura was oneof the greatest cities of ots age, functioning as the island’s center of both temporal and spiritual power, dotted woth dozens of monasteries populated by as many as ten thousand monks-one of the greatest monastic cities the world has ever seen. Th koings of Anuradhapura oversaw the golden age of Singhalese culture, and the temples of the enormous dagobas they erected were amongst the greatest architectural feats of their time, surpassed only in the scale by the great pyramids of Giza.. Anuradhapura also lay at the heart of the great Sinhalese hydraulic achievements, with vast reservoirs (tanks) constructed around the city to store water through the long dry seasons and irrigate the surrounding paddy feilds. The city’s fame spread to Greece and Rome, and judging by the number of roman coins found here,appears to have enjoyed a lively trade with the latter.

some history of anuradhapura

For well over thousand years the history of Sri Lanka, was essentially the history of Anuradhapura.Situated almost at the center of the island’s nothern plains,the city rose to prominence very early in the development of the island, and maintained its pre-eminent position for over a millennium until begin laid waste y Indian invaders in 993. At its height Anuradhapura was oneof the greatest cities of ots age, functioning as the island’s center of both temporal and spiritual power, dotted woth dozens of monasteries populated by as many as ten thousand monks-one of the greatest monastic cities the world has ever seen. Th koings of Anuradhapura oversaw the golden age of Singhalese culture, and the temples of the enormous dagobas they erected were amongst the greatest architectural feats of their time, surpassed only in the scale by the great pyramids of Giza.. Anuradhapura also lay at the heart of the great Sinhalese hydraulic achievements, with vast reservoirs (tanks) constructed around the city to store water through the long dry seasons and irrigate the surrounding paddy feilds. The city’s fame spread to Greece and Rome, and judging by the number of roman coins found here,appears to have enjoyed a lively trade with the latter.

what to see at anuradhapura

For well over thousand years the history of Sri Lanka, was essentially the history of Anuradhapura.Situated almost at the center of the island’s nothern plains,the city rose to prominence very early in the development of the island, and maintained its pre-eminent position for over a millennium until begin laid waste y Indian invaders in 993.

  For well over thousand years the history of Sri Lanka, was essentially the history of Anuradhapura.Situated almost at the center of the island’s nothern plains,the city rose to prominence very early in the development of the island For well over thousand years the history of Sri Lanka, was essentially the history of Anuradhapura.Situated almost at the center of the island’s nothern plains,the city rose to prominence very early in the development of the island
BrazanPalace: So called because it once had a bronze roof, the ruins of the Brazen Palace stand close to bodhi tree. The remains of 1600 columns are all that is left of this huge palace, said to have had storeys and accommodation fro 1000 monks and attendants.It was originally built by Dutugemunu more than 2000 years ago, but through the ages was rebuilt many times, each time a little les grandiosely. the current stand of pillars(now fenced off) is all that remains from the last rebuild – that of Parakramabahu around the 12th century. Aukana Buddha: The 13 meter high statue carved out of solid granite, goes back to the 5th century, to the reign of King Dathusena. (about 50 km south of Anuradhapura).On a rainy day, it is said, that one can see droplets of water falling off the tip of the statue’s nose hitting the ground exactly between the toes.- a testament to the architectural accuracy of the sculptor. The brick enclosure around and above was built recently to protect it from weather.