The first historical capital of ancient Lanka
The Sacred City of Glory
Anuradhapura
The epicentre of Sinhalese civilization dating back to 4th century BC, Anuradhapura was the first historical capital of Sri Lanka, and its marvels still radiate greatness. Reigning for over a millennium, the kingdom had 117 rulers who built magnificent palaces, great reservoirs and irrigation systems, pleasure gardens, and Buddhist temples - some, amongst the biggest architectural creations of the ancient world, smaller in size only to the pyramids of Giza.

The surviving ruins, and the restored temples and stupas are just a few of the places to visit in the sacred city of Anuradhapura.
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Anuradhapura
Sri Maha Bodhiya
Considered to be the oldest planted tree in the world with a recorded history, this sacred Bo tree dates back to 245 BC.
Anuradhapura
Ruwanweli Maha Seya
Built by King Dutugemunu around 140 BC, this giant stupa contains the largest collection of relics of Lord Buddha, and is highly venerated.
Anuradhapura
Mihintale
Deemed the birthplace of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, this 500m tall outcrop features ancient stupas, a stone hewed stairway, and 68 cave dwellings.
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