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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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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.

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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History in Brief
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History in Brief
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