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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Ancient City of Polonnaruwa

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These postcard sent to me by Aravinda Babu

Before 1070 CE. Hampi to India and this second largest ancient of Sri Lanka Polonaruwa for Sri Lanka. The real hero of Polonaruwa was Prakramabahu I who was adamant that no drop of water falling from the heavens was to be wasted, and each be used toward the development of the land. The ancient city of Polonnaruwa has been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1982. It was once a royal capital for both Indian as well as Sinhalese kings and one can, at times, see traces of the influence of one on the other.

The South Indian Chola kings and the Sinhalese Vijayabahu I, King Parakramabahu I and King Nissankamalla were largely responsible for its architectural achievements. Polonnaruwa was a well planned city. According to historical records, King Parakramabahu the Great had built several housing complexes. The houses of the rich would have been made out of brick while the poor would have lived in houses made of wattle and daub or timber with thatched roofs.Image

Parackramabahu statue

Information and Image Obtained From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, Discover Sri Lanka, The Hindu

To read more and discover about Polonnaruwa go the these various interesting site's..
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