World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is a country having a 2600 documented glorious history. Most of these documented heritage developed by the Buddhism. Sri Lanka is a country which is still having pure Theravada Buddhism. Specially highlights of heritage sites, kingdoms and its ruins are proved that ancient heritage highly influenced by Buddhism based civilization. Genuine Sri Lankans are experts in exploring the world heritage sites in Sri Lanka.
Cultural triangle of Srilanka is situated in the North Central to Center of the island and covers an area which includes the World Heritage Ancient cultural sites covers through 3 cities of the
1) Sacred City of Anuradhapura (First Ancient Capital of Srilanka)
2) The Ancient City of Polonnaruwa (The Medieval Ancient Capital of Srilanka)
3) The Sacred City of Kandy (The last Capital of Srilanka)
Other Remarks to cover with in the Cultural Triangle:
– The Ancient Fortress of Sigiriya (Lion Rock)
– Dambulla Caves Temple
Due to the constructions and associated historical events, these sites are of high universal value; they are visited by many pilgrims, both laymen and the clergy (prominently Buddhist), as well as by local and foreign tourists.
ANURADAPURA ANCIENT CITY (UNESCO HERITAGE SITE) – (5th Cent. BC – 9th Cent. AD)
The first ancient capital city of srilanka The ruins of the ancient city of Anuradapura remain one of the island’s most competition historical sites, as well as a major places of Buddhist. Arrival of the Great Mahinda Thero and introduction of Buddhism to Sri Lanka in 250 BC.
Stupas / Dagab
Jaya Srimahabidhi (Venerable Boo tree)
Prince “Siddhartha” become in Enlightenment, under which tree in India.
Vast reserves (Tanks)
Awkana Stone Buddha statue
What may be called one of the wonders of the world is the tall, standing statue of the Buddha at Aukana, another architectural marvel of the ancient Sinhalese.
Polonnaruwa ancient City (UNESCO heritage site) – 2nd ancient city of Srilanka_
This ruined city preserves an outstaying collection of ancient monuments, testifying to its brief and important period as the island’s capital.
This magnificent group of staues was built by king Parakramabahu (1153-1186) and was a part of the Uthararama.
Sigiriya Lion Rock (UNESCO Heritage site)
Dambulla Golden Rock Temple (UNESCO Heritage site)
The name Dambulla derives from Damba – Rock and Ulla – fountain. One sees the incessant drip of water from the fountain within the main image house.
Temple of the Tooth Relic / Dalada Maligawa – Kandy (UNESCO Heritage site)
According to legend, the tooth was taken from the Buddha his funeral pyre. It was smuggled to Sri Lanka in 313 AD, hidden in the hair of Princess Hemamali who fled the Hindu armies besieging her father’s kingdom in India.
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