Buddhist monuments at Anuradhapura

At the end of the Asia-Africa regulatory conference in Colombo, our hosts took us on a tour to the ancient capital of Anuradhapura in the central north of Sri Lanka.  It has an impressive collection of Buddhist monuments, spread over an area of some 16 square miles.  King Pandukanhaya made Anuradhapura his capital in the 4th century BC, and the organised plan of the city with its complex water systems suggests that it may have been designed according to a master plan. Under King Devanampiya Tissa, who ruled from 307 to 267 BC, Buddhism was introduced to Sri Lanka, and subsequently numerous dagobas (or stupas), as well as monastic buildings and pokunas (tanks for bathing or drinking water) were constructed.  A selection of images from the city – including birds, monkeys and a snake charmer – are in the slide show below.  Thanks to Anusha Palpita for his generous hospitality in enabling this ‘adventure’.

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