Anuradhapura  - Ancient City  
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 Description:   Anuradhapura is the first capital of Sri Lanka. It is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka which was the center of Theravada Buddhism for many centuries. Due to its ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization UNESCO named it as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1982 under the name of Sacred City of Anuradhapura.
It dates back to 5th Century BC remained the majestic seat of the kingdom of Sri Lanka until the 11th century A.D. Anuradhapura flourished as the Capital of Lanka from 377 BC to the end of the reign 1017 AD and was the Royal Seat for 1400 years under 130 kings as the capital of the Country.
Anuradhapura gives a fascinating glimpse of a stately, well laid-out pre-Christian metropolis of massive Buddhist shrines and monasteries, splendid palaces, pavilions, and parks, bathing ponds and vast reservoirs, many of them are masterpieces of architecture, art, sculpture and engineering. Anuradhapura offers a host of memorable sightseeing highlights. The city had been reserved for the King, his ministers and for commercial activities and the suburbs had been planned as areas serving the city as well as settlements for ascetics.
 Province   North Central  Direction:      
 District   Anuradhapura    
 City   Anuradhapura  Comments:    Official Web:    
 Genre   Temple      Related links:      
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 Entry fee   N/A     GPS :   8.35143, 80.39996  
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