Anuradhapura is one of the famous historical cities in Sri Lanka, having the reputation as the center of the island’s Buddhist civilization. It was the capital of Sri Lanka from around 4th century BC to the 11th century AD. As a result of its thriving economy in those days, Anuradhapura became one of the grandest kingdoms in South Asia. The city is full of ruins of monasteries, monuments and palaces that are fascinating to visit.
A sapling of the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi in India was planted in Anuradhapura and it is believed to be the oldest documented tree that is still living. Ruwanwelimahaseya, a giant stupa which was constructed by king Dutugamunu is a highly worshiped stupa by the Buddhist community. The Brazen Palace in between Ruwanwelimahaseya and Sri Maha Bodhiya is the Lovamahapaya. Jetavanarama is the largest stupa in Sri Lanka while Thuparamaya is considered as the first dagaba built in Sri Lanka. Other than these historical monuments, there are many stupas and relics, proving Anuradhapura as the hub of Sri Lanka’s Buddhist culture.
Walking among these ruins make people feel the tradition, culture and glamour of ancient Sri Lanka.