Located in the North-Central part of the island, Anuradhapura was originally founded by a King’s minister named Anuradha in 500 BC.

Anuradhapura is acclaimed as the greatest monastic city of the ancient world and has served as the royal capital of 113 kings and 4 queens. During their reign the art scene was flourishing bringing magnificent palaces, exquisite sculptures and gorgeous pleasure gardens into existence.

sri lankaIn its heyday almost two million people, of which ten thousands of monks in the many monasteries lived here. Anuradhapura was fought over and abandoned when the capital was moved to Polonnaruwa.

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