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Polonnaruwa - Ancient City  
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 Description:   Poḷonnaruwa is the main town of Polonnaruwa District in North Central Province. Kaduruwela area is the Polonnaruwa New Town and the other part of Polonnaruwa remains as the royal ancient city of the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa.
The second most ancient of Sri Lanka's kingdoms, Polonnaruwa was first established by the Chola dynasty after their successful invasion of the country's then capital, Anuradhapura, in the 10th century. The Ancient City of Polonnaruwa has been declared a World Heritage Site.
Polonnaruwa was established by the Cholas as capital city under the name Jananathapuram in the 10th century. Under this period systematic destruction of the Buddhist civilisation took place in the northern plains of Sri Lanka. Raja Raja Chola I built Vanavan Mahadevisvaram, a Shiva temple at Polonnaruwa named after his queen, which presently is known as Siva Devale. The temple among other contained Ganesha and Parvati statues of bronze.
 
 Province   North Central  Direction:      
 District   Polonnaruwa    
 City   Polonnaruwa  Comments:    Official Web:    
 Genre   Temple      Related links:      
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 Entry fee   N/A     GPS :   7.94594, 81.00032  
                     
                     
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