Anuradhapura is an ancient capital of Ceylon. City received its name in honor of a star in the constellation Scorpius - Anuradha, which means light. In 380 BC King Pandukabhaya made Anuradhapura the first capital of the Sinhala state.

Anuradhapura was the capital of the country during the 1400 years. The city has undergone numerous attacks and eventually was destroyed and burnt in 993 year. And over time, it has been completely captured dzhunglyami.V 1820 English hunter found in the jungle ruins of the ancient city. Major archaeological excavations began in the early 20th century that continues today.
To date, Anuradhapura, is the capital of the North-Central Province with a population of more than 50 thousand. Man. It consists of a "new city" in which there are residential areas and tourist area, and the "old city" separated the river, which houses all the main historical attractions. Also in the "Old Town" is one of the greatest shrines and pilgrimage place of all Buddhists of the world - the Bodhi tree. It has grown from a branch of the Bodhi tree Goya (Nepal), under which the founder of Buddhism, Prince Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment and became the Buddha. Today it is the oldest tree in the world, it is 2500 years old.

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Lankans worshipers about the holy Bodhi tree.

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Lankans worshipers about the holy Bodhi tree.

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And these people, too.

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And this is the holy Bodhi tree grown from the germ of the tree under which Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment and became the Buddha. Seedling was brought to the island Sangamittoy, the daughter of the Indian Emperor Asoka and sister of Prince Mahinda, brought the idea of Buddhism in Sri Lanka.

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Dagobah Ruanveli, was built in the II century BC in honor of his victory over the Indian prince Elara. And it is one of the oldest and most revered stupas in Sri Lanka. Its height is 55 meters.

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Dagobah was built on a foundation of gravel and gold is on a pedestal on the outer side of which stand shoulder to shoulder 400 elephants. There are two versions to explain the presence of elephants. According to the first elephants support the platform as supporting ground. This is consistent with the Buddhist cosmology. According to the second, the HF elephants have helped to build the great Dagobah.

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Dagobah 1983 restored many times and unfortunately lost its original appearance.

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Lankans praying about Dagobah Dagaba.

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Monkey still on the sanctity of places. They know their job.

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place of prayer

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Jetavana Dagoba, according to the Sri Lankan chronicle 'Mahavamsa' was built in the 3rd century BC and it had a height of 160 meters. It was the third highest structure after the pyramids of Giza. During the renovation, it was found that the Dagobah slipped by 75 meters and today det height of 71 meters. Despite this Jetavana Dagoba it is the highest built of brick.

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Jetavana Dagoba is the highest dagoba built of brick.

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Sacred lights.

 
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Anuradhapura is an ancient capital of Ceylon. City received its name in honor of a star in the constellation Scorpius - Anuradha, which mean