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Glimpse of Ancient Sinhala Civilization
Photographs by Luckshman Jayakody & Sudarsha Hewa

             
  1. Anuradhapura


  2. Polonnaruwa


  3. Sigiriya


  4. Ruhuna


  5. Kotte


  6. Maha Nuwara




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ANURADHAPURA:
History in Brief
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  • Around 543 BC Vijaya & company landed on Sri Lanka.


  • A minister of Vijaya, named Anuradha, founded the Anuradha village.


  • At a later date (before 250 BC), King Pandukabaya established the royal capitol city of Anuradhapura.


  • Except for few intermittent periods, Anuradhapura remained the royal capitol from king Pandukabaya's regime until the chola invasion in 993 AC. On many occasions the prosperous royal city's temples & palaces were luted and burned down by invaders.



POLONNARUWA:
History in Brief
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  • The first monarch to reside in Polonnaruwa was king Agrabodhi (667-685 AC)


  • In 993 AC, the invading Choals burned the city of Anuradhapura and enforced their authority over the city of Polonnaruwa. They governed for 73 years. The Sinhala kingdom retreated to Ruhuna.


  • The nation was liberated from the invaders by king Vijayabahu I (1055-1110 AC). After his victory, the royal capitol was re-established in Pollonnaruwa.


  • Unitl the Kalinga Maaga invasion in 1214 AC, Polonnaruwa was the royal capitol of 11 kings & queens. For five centuries after that, the city was abandoned to the wilderness.



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KOTTE:
History in Brief
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MAHA NUWARA:
History in Brief
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