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Anuradhapura

City built on piece of the 'tree of enlightenment,' the Buddha's fig tree.

This sacred city was established around a cutting from the 'tree of enlightenment', the Buddha's fig tree, brought there in the 3rd century B.C. by Sanghamitta, the founder of an order of Buddhist nuns. Anuradhapura, a Ceylonese political and religious capital that flourished for 1,300 years, was abandoned after an invasion in 993. Hidden away in dense jungle for many years, the splendid site, with its palaces, monasteries and monuments, is now accessible once again.[unesco]

YouTube Anuradhapura videos

  • Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka [02:22]

  • Sri Lanka Tourism - Anuradhapura Archaeological Museum [01:14]

  • Sri Lanka Tourism - Kandy Esala Perahara [02:26]

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  • Hope you are well. We had a great holiday in Sri Lanka and really enjoyed the different activities and trips you planned for us. If anyone I know is travelling to Sri Lanka, I will definitely give them your email and tell them about the great time we had there. Thanks again!! Laura.
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