Blog Series: UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka
In Sri Lanka you can find 6 UNESCO world heritage sites. These sites offer you a unique insight into Sri Lankan history and culture. Many people want to visit these picturesque and interesting sites, and we have therefore put together a blog series giving you all the information you need before visiting these grand places.
On your Holiday Tour you can visit all the UNESCO world heritage sites in Sri Lanka. You will get a good understanding of Sri Lankan history and culture, and see fantastic sites and the splendor of Sri Lanka. Contact us with your tour requests, and we will design the perfect tour itinerary for you.
Part 5: Anuradhapura
Visit the First Capital of Ceylon - See Ancient Religious Monuments - Explore the exciting History of Sri Lanka
First Capital of Ceylon
Anuradhapura is the oldest City of the Cultural Triangle and the first Capital of Ceylon. In the highlight of Anuradhapura’s history, tens of thousands of people lived here. It was a city of royal palaces, temples decorated with jewels, houses of three storeys, pleasure gardens, shops and bathing pools. The Ancient City was a hub for development of architecture in Sri Lanka for many centuries.
You can see grand Dagobas, surrounded by a circle of monolithic columns, and many other remarkable monuments. Another very famous and important shrine is the Bodhi Tree. The cutting of the Fig Tree of Buddha brought here in the 3rd century BC is today flourishing. The City of Anuradhapura was founded around this “tree of enlightenment”. After Anuradhapura was founded in the 4th century BC the city became both Capital of Ceylon and the sacred city of Buddhism of the island.
Following an invasion in year 993 the capital was abandoned. The splendid and grand sacred city, with its palaces, monasteries and religious monuments, was for many years hidden in dense Jungle. Today you can visit the ancient site and see all the fantastic monuments, ruins and grand Dagobas.
More about Anuradhapura from UNESCO: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/200
Climb the ancient steps of Mihintale
Mihintale is known as the birthplace of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, and while visiting Anuradhapura you can easily reach this mountain peak east of ancient site of Anuradhapura. Mihintale is today a Pilgrimage Site and it is especially important in the month of June for Buddhists. A Monk from India is said to have met with the King of Ceylon and its people on Mihintale, preaching the doctrine. In the Temple Complex you can today see many monuments and Dagobas, and from Ancient times steps were created to climb Mihintale, which you can still use today.
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