Ancient Cities of Sri Lanka

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Photos taken by David Stanley on a visit to Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, and Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka.

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Sri Maha Bodi, the sacred bo tree at Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka, is the world's oldest historically authenticated tree. The original cutting was brought here over 2000 years ago from Bodhgaya, India, by the first Buddhist missionary. Anuradhapura Sri Lanka, Earth Tones, Cities, Places To Go, India, World, Travel, The World, Voyage

Sri Maha Bodi, the sacred bo tree at Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka, is the world's oldest historically authenticated tree. The original cutting was brought here over 2000 years ago from Bodhgaya, India, by the first Buddhist missionary.

Before the current metal stairway was installed the only access to Sigiriya Lion Rock in central Sri Lanka were stone steps carved directly into the cliff face. Rock Steps, Stone Steps, Stairways, Cliff, Sri Lanka, Stepping Stones, Cities, Metal, Face

Before the current metal stairway was installed the only access to Sigiriya Lion Rock in central Sri Lanka were stone steps carved directly into the cliff face.

In ancient times a monastery of monks centered on the century BC Abhayagiri Dagoba in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. In Ancient Times, Monuments, Sri Lanka, Taj Mahal, Cities, Architecture, City, Architecture Illustrations, Archaeological Site

In ancient times a monastery of 5,000 monks centered on the 2nd century BC Abhayagiri Dagoba in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.

Standing and recumbent Buddha images have been carved directly into the granite bedrock at the century Gal Vihara in Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka. There has been controversy over the meaning of the standing figure's crossed arms. 12th Century, Thing 1 Thing 2, Sri Lanka, Mount Rushmore, Mountains, City, Granite, Buddha, Arms

Standing and recumbent Buddha images have been carved directly into the granite bedrock at the 12th century Gal Vihara in Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka. There has been controversy over the meaning of the standing figure's crossed arms.

The Kiri Vehera at Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka, was the work of Queen Subhadra, a consort of King Parakramabahu the Great Burj Khalifa, Sri Lanka, Cities, King, Queen, Travel, Voyage, Show Queen, City

The Kiri Vehera at Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka, was the work of Queen Subhadra, a consort of King Parakramabahu the Great (1153-1186).

The century Rankoth Vihara is the largest of its kind in Polonnaruwa and fourth largest in Sri Lanka. 12th Century, Thing 1 Thing 2, Sri Lanka, Cities, City

The 12th century Rankoth Vihara is the largest of its kind in Polonnaruwa and fourth largest in Sri Lanka.

The century Vatadage in the Sacred Quadrangle at Polonnaruwa once sheltered the sacred Buddha tooth relic currently venerated in Kandy, Sri Lanka. 12th Century, Sri Lanka, Monument Valley, Shelter, Tooth, Buddha, Cities, Building, Travel

The 12th century Vatadage in the Sacred Quadrangle at Polonnaruwa once sheltered the sacred Buddha tooth relic currently venerated in Kandy, Sri Lanka.

The foundations of a former palace or monastery cover much of the summit pleau at Sigiriya Lion Rock. The views of central Sri Lanka are excellent. Sri Lanka, Monument Valley, Palace, Cities, Lion, Rock, Cover, Travel, Voyage

The foundations of a former palace or monastery cover much of the summit pleau at Sigiriya Lion Rock. The views of central Sri Lanka are excellent.

The Ruvanvelisaya Dagoba is visible across Thissa Wewa Lake at Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka, Cities, City

The Ruvanvelisaya Dagoba is visible across Thissa Wewa Lake at Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.

The Jetavanarama Dagoba in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka, was the third tallest building in the world when constructed in the century BC, surpassed only by the Giza pyramids. Giza, Sri Lanka, Monument Valley, Third, Cities, Construction, World, Building, Nature

The Jetavanarama Dagoba in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka, was the third tallest building in the world when constructed in the 3rd century BC, surpassed only by the Giza pyramids.

Grey langur monkeys inhabit the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, capital of Sri Lanka from the to centuries. 14th Century, Monkeys, Sri Lanka, Cities, Grey, Animals, Ash, Animales, Jumpsuits

Grey langur monkeys inhabit the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, capital of Sri Lanka from the 10th to 14th centuries.

The Galpota or Stone Book at Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka, describes the heroic deeds of King Nissanka Malla On the end of the stone are two elephants sprinkling water over the Goddess of Prosperity. Sri Lanka, Elephants, Cities, King, Stone, Book, Water, Outdoor Decor, Tights

The Galpota or Stone Book at Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka, describes the heroic deeds of King Nissanka Malla (1187-1196). On the end of the stone are two elephants sprinkling water over the Goddess of Prosperity.

The lowest tier of the century Council Chamber at Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka, bears a frieze of elephants. 12th Century, Thing 1 Thing 2, Sri Lanka, Elephants, Bears, Cities, City, Bear, Elephant

The lowest tier of the 12th century Council Chamber at Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka, bears a frieze of elephants.

The Royal Palace of King Parakramabahu the Great at Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka, originally had seven stories of which only two remain. Royal Palace, Sri Lanka, Cities, King, House Styles, Room, City, Rooms, Bedroom

The 1,000-room Royal Palace of King Parakramabahu the Great (1153-1186) at Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka, originally had seven stories of which only two remain.

The Palace Complex of King Nissanka Malla is next to Parakrama Samudra reservoir on the west side of Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka, West Side, Sri Lanka, Palace, Cities, King, Tights, Palaces, City, Castles

The Palace Complex of King Nissanka Malla (1187-1196) is next to Parakrama Samudra reservoir on the west side of Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka,

The throne of King Kassapa, who ruled Sri Lanka from AD 477 to is on the summit plateau at Sigiriya Lion Rock. King Kassapa used the rock as a secure refuge after overthrowing and killiing his father, King Dhatusena of Anuradhapura. The Rock, Sri Lanka, Cities, Lion, Father, Pai, Leo, City, Lions

The throne of King Kassapa, who ruled Sri Lanka from AD 477 to 495, is on the summit plateau at Sigiriya Lion Rock. King Kassapa used the rock as a secure refuge after overthrowing and killiing his father, King Dhatusena of Anuradhapura.

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