The renowned city of Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka lays claim to a rich and eventful historical legacy. One of the most significant ancient capitals of the Sinhala kings, this city as one might expect boasts an array of sites of historical interest. Anyone with an interest in the history of the nation and even the general sightseer will be enthralled by the fascinating monuments and buildings to be seen in Anuradhapura.
The Sri Mahabodhi tree is considered to be one of the treasures of the people of Sri Lanka. Although not of great size there is no doubt that this tree, many centuries old, has developed from a branch of the very bo tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment. Accordingly in this predominantly Buddhist country this tree is given great reverence.
Another prominent attraction in the ancient city is the venerated Ruvanvelisaya Dagoba, which was decreed by the famous monarch Duttha Gamini. Once the most significant temple in the nation, this stupa is even today accorded great veneration. Although the presently existing structure is of more recent construction this religious building still looks immaculate and impressive.
Meanwhile the Brazen Palace, or Loha Prasada was another work of King Duttha Gamini. Although once a splendid palatial construction, today this early masterpiece is not to be seen. The multitude of pillars seen at the site of the venue today are thought to be the remnants of a construction of King Parakrama Bahu, a later monarch.
The historically important Thuparama has the distinction of having been the very first Buddhist religious construction to have been created in Anuradhapura. It was initially constructed by King Devanampiyatissa to house a relic of the Buddha. Although the existing features are the result of later reconstructions it remains a significant religious site.
A tour of the historical monuments of the city would not be complete without visiting the immense Jetawana Dagoba, the master work of King Mahasena in the 3rd century. This colossal structure is one of the largest Buddhist religious structures on the globe.
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