Ancient Ruins of the city of Polonnaruwa

Trip Start Nov 08, 2012
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Trip End Dec 10, 2012


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Flag of Sri Lanka  , Eastern Province,
Friday, November 23, 2012

Today we took a trip to Polonnaruwa, another ancient city in the Cultural Triangle; about two hours north and east of our hotel in Sigiriya. I was fascinated by this archaeological site! The visit was made all the more intriguing by studying the museum in the area that shows the buildings as they were originally and hearing about the importance of the various finds through our guide.
 
Polonnaruwa was the capital of the country in the 11th - 13th century; early medieval times. How could these civilizations thousands of years ago build such marvels of architecture and irrigation? The city was "lost" (to Europeans at least) and not uncovered from its almost impenetrable undergrowth until 1820 as the British made their way from Kandy to the port of Trimcomolee on the eastern coast of Sri Lanka.
 
Also uncovered at that time was the temple called Val Vihara which was a massive granite slab with beautiful carvings of Buddha. The main carving of Buddha sleeping was the most beautiful I had ever seen. The setting was serene and I actually felt the sacredness of the surrounds.
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