Last week I spent a day in Anuradhapura. This bustling city in north-central Sri Lanka started life as an insignificant settlement in 10th century BC. By 400 BC. it had acquired all the trimmings of a proper city – suburbs, cemetery, place of execution, monastery, hospital and houses of worship and sacrifice. It was then declared the nation’s capital and remained so for another 1500 years!
The arrival of Buddhism between 250 and 210 BC, brought about an era of intense construction and expansion. Soon the city complex with surrounding monasteries grew to cover an area over 40 square kilometres.
Today, Anuradhapura, a Unesco World Heritage Site, is littered with well preserved ancient monuments. It would take many days to see them all. I managed three in one afternoon.
I drove past this majestic 3rd century AD Stupa on my way to Isurumuniya. At a height of 400 ft…
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