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Anuradhapura

Sri Lanka’s Premier ancient city Anuradhapura,situated in the dry zone,was the first Sinhalese capital of Sri Lanka.Its distance from Colombo is 206Km.

The awe some Ruwanweliseya,Abhayagiriya,Jethawanaramaya and Thuparamaya Dagobas are still venerated by Buddhists and these massive works along the large wevas (lakes)reveal the past glory of the city.The sacred Bo Tree (Sri Maha Bodhi)-considered the world’s oldest recorded surviving tree,the seated Samadhi statue of the meditating Buddha,Kuttam Pokuna(Twin Ponds),Manu temples and Isurumuniya are some of the attractions in Anuradhapura.There is an abundance of evidence of architecture dating to the third century B.C and earlier.

Eight Main Places(Athamasthana)

There are 8 main places of worship of known as Athamasthana.They are

Sri Maha Bodhiya

Ruwanveliseya

Thuparama

Lovamahapaya

Abhayagiriya

Jethawanaramaya

Mirisavetiya

Lankaramaya

Anuradhapura