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Jethavana Sthupaya  

Built by King Mahasen in the 3rd Century A.C. the Jethavanaya sthupaya stands at 400ft. and to this date is the tallest brick monument in the world. The Jethavanaya highly promoted Mahayana Buddhism and on the discovery of golden plates inscribed in Mahayana text identified that this sthupaya was most popular one. Excavations at the monastery have revealed very rare jewelry, sculptures and other historic artifacts.

   
Image house, Jethavanaya
  Perhaps the largest image house in Anuradhapura that belongs to the type of image shrines entirely built of brick including its roof. Its half broken monolithic doorjamb stands to a height of eight meters however the Buddha image inside is now entirely lost and was possibly built of brick.
     
Pancaprasada Dwellings, Jethavanaya    
  These are beautifully arranged for Buddhist monks that were regularly used during the Anuradhapura period. The main and larger edifice was built in the center of a walled courtyard while smaller quarters were located at the four corners. Believed to be two-storied the orderliness of planning these edifices testifies to the attainments of ancient architects.
     
Pond, Jethavanaya    
 

Known as the “Yathura pokuna” there is a beautifully brick built pond in the shape of a key within the premises. Precisely carved stone steps leads deep into the pond.

   
Birth place of Siddhartha (Buddha)  
  As a result of excavating beside the Jethavana Viharaya a marble plaque illustrates queen Maya being helped to retire to the nearby grove for the Birthplace of Siddhartha who became Buddha.
   

 

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