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The ruins of the capital built by the parricidal King Kassapa I (477–95) lie on the steep slopes and at the summit of a granite peak standing some 370 m high (the ‘Lion’s Rock’, which dominates the jungle from all sides). A series of galleries and staircases emerging from the mouth of a gigantic lion constructed of bricks and plaster provide access to the site.

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Polonnaruva – Sri Lanka – White Stupa – Kiri Vihara

The Stupa, Kiri  (white) Vihara (Dagoba) is credited to Subhadra,  Parakramabahu’s queen. Originally known as the Rupavati Chetiya, the present name translates as “Milk White” because when the overgrown jungle was cleared away after 700 years of abandonment, the original lime plaster was found to be in perfect condition. It is still the best preserved and unrestored dagoba in Polonnaruva.


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