Sites and Attractions

Atadage

the Atadage is one of the oldest structures in Polonnaruwa, having been constructed by Vijayabahu to house the Tooth Relic; you can still see the…

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Atadage

Gal Vihara Complex

Just to the north, the Gal Vihara ("Stone Shrine"), represents the pinnacle of Sri Lankan rock carving. The four Buddha statues here, all carved from…

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Gal Vihara Complex

Hatadage

the Hatadage had originally been a two-storeyed building, though the upper storey, which was perhaps made of brick, had long since crumbled away, as is…

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Hatadage

Kiri Vehera

Kiri Vehera is the best preserved of Polonnaruwa's dagobas - the name means "milk-white", referring to the white lime plaster that covers the building and…

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Kumara Pokuna

Kumara Pokuna (The Royal Baths), is designed in an unusual geometric shape (a square superimposed on a cross) and fed by two spouts carved with…

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Kumara Pokuna

Lankatilaka Vihara

Lankatilaka consists of a huge headless standing Buddha statue, over 14m high, hemmed in between two narrow walls. Built by Parakramabahu, the shrine emphasizes the…

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Lankatilaka Vihara

Parakamabahu’s Council Chamber

Parakramabahu's Council Chamber is where the king would have granted audiences to his ministers and officials. The wooden roof has vanished, but the imposing base…

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Parakamabahu's Council Chamber

Parakamabahu’s Palace

Parakamabahu's Palace originally stood seven stories tall and boasted a thousand rooms, although this was probably an exaggeration (an interesting model in the museum shows…

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Parakamabahu's Palace

Polonnaruwa Vatadage

The Quadrangle initially the location for housing the most sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha is dominated by the magnificent Vatadage (circular relic house), arguably…

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Polonnaruwa Vatadage

Potgul Vehera

The Potgul Vihara is a well preserved building. A circular image house surrounded by four small dagobas. The central room is thought to have housed…

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Potgul Vehera

Potgul Vehera Statue

An imposing 3.5-metre-high statue of a bearded figure, thought to date from the ninth century, which has become one of Polonnaruwa's most iconic images. It's…

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Potgul Vehera Statue

Rankoth Vehera

Rankot Vehera, an immense red-brick dagoba standing some 55m high. The Fourth largest such structure in Sri Lanka, it's surpassed in size only by the…

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Rankoth Vehera

Shiva Devale No 1

The Shiva Devale no. 1, is one of many temples at Polonnaruwa dedicated to Shiva. It dates from the Pandyan occupation of the early thirteenth…

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Shiva Devale No 1

Thuparama

Thuparamaaya, an exceptionally large and well-preserved gedige (stone image house) thought to date back to the reign of Vijayabahu I.The inner shrine preserves its vaulted…

  • Polonnaruwa
Thuparama
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