Sites and Attractions

Vatadage – the highlight of the Quadrangle

The Vatadage The Quadrangle is dominated by the magnificent Vatadage (circular relic house), arguably the most beautiful building in Sri Lanka. Built by Parakramabahu, it…

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Vatadage - the highlight of the Quadrangle

The rest of the Quadrangle

Thought to have been built by Nissankamalla, the Hatadage is also referred to as the Temple of the Tooth, since the relic may have been…

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The rest of the Quadrangle

Royal Palace Group

According to the Chulavamsa (one of the great Chronicles of Sri Lankan history), the Parakramabahu Royal palace originally stood seven stories tall and boasted a…

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Royal Palace Group

North of the Quadrangle

  Rankot Vihara The Northern Group proper begins with Nissankamalla’s monumental Rankot Vihara, an immense red-brick dagoba standing some 55m high. The Fourth largest such…

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North of the Quadrangle

Gal Vihara Complex

The first is a samadhi image in meditation posture while the second is inside a cave and the third standing buddha image with crossed arms…

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Gal Vihara Complex