POLONNARUWA – HOUSE OF A HOLY RELIC, SRI LANKA

POLONNARUWA – HOUSE OF A HOLY RELIC, SRI LANKA

POLONNARUWA - HOUSE OF A HOLY RELIC, SRI LANKA - TRAVELURE ©

April 2017 issue of JetWings, the in-flight magazine of Jet Airways, carried my Polonnaruwa Vatadage (Sri Lanka) image in their regular B&W section – Radar. Polonnaruwa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

POLONNARUWA – HOUSE OF A HOLY RELIC, SRI LANKA – TRAVELURE ©

History books state that King Parakramabahu I shifted his capital to Polonnaruwa – approximately 230 km from Colombo – from Anuradhapura in 12th century AD. Unique to Sri Lankan architecture, vatadages were built to protect small stupas enshrined with an important relic. This type of architecture is believed to have been at its peak during the Polonnaruwa Period. The Polonnaruwa Vatadage specifically is considered to be one of the best examples of this type of architecture and the moonstone at its north entrance (seen in the foreground here) is regarded as the finest in the region.

POLONNARUWA - HOUSE OF A HOLY RELIC, SRI LANKA - TRAVELURE ©
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