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One of the most significant and sacred cities that belong to the ancient world, Anuradhapura was the first capital of Sri Lanka. Hosting UNESCO world heritage sites this city is the core of Buddhism and its people due to its grandeur history and the vast array of Buddhist monuments that dates back to more than 2000 years.

The largest brick monuments of the world, Jethavanaya, Abhayagiriya and Ruwanvalisaya that are esteemed to be similar to the pyramids in Geese can be explored in Abhayagiriya

The Central Cultural Fund has conducted extensive conservation and excavation projects within Anuradhapura for the past 25 years. The conservation project on the Abhayagiriya for instance, that began 15 years ago, is nearly complete so that its visitors can experience it in its pristine condition first hand. 
Sri Mahabodhi the sacred Bodhi tree shrine of the Mahaviharaya which was planted in the 3rd Century B.C. still remains vital and receives veneration of the Buddhist world all year round.

The stone Buddha statues in Anuradhapura are some of the best classic icons of the world. The Samadhi Buddha statue in Abhayagiriya is popular the world over. Indian leader Sri Jawahalal Nehru derived a piece of mind during his time in prison by contemplating on an image of the Samadhi Buddha statue. Apart from this one must look out for the decorative sculptures that are unique to Anuradhapura. The moonstone, guard stones and the Isumuniya lovers are unparalleled works of art that is part of a golden capital that lasted till the end of the 1st millennium A.C.
Mahavihara Sites Abhayagiriya monastic complex Jethavanaya


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