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Polonnaruwa in north-central Sri Lanka was its capital from the 8th to the early 14th century. It was a sophisticated city with waterworks fed by an artificial lake. What remains today are the ruins of the stone foundations of palaces, temples, baths, hospitals, halls, monasteries, and more. Originally, these foundations supported large wooden structures, some up to seven stories tall.
The last five images are of the beautiful Buddha statues at the Gal Vihara section of the ancient town, cut from the live rock and very well preserved.
3 January 2016


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