Anuradhapura is Sri Lanka’s most important ancient city; it was ruled by Sinhalese kings since the 5th century BC for over 2,500 years as the country’s first capital. It is the birthplace of Sinhala civilization and one of the world’s largest archeological UNESCO World Heritage sites. It is considered as the greatest monastic city of the ancient world. It is also the only metropolis in its period in the eastern hemisphere. A truly magnificent city that was larger than any western city and is also home to the most sustainable water management system in the world. Anuradhapura hosts magnificent rock carvings of monumental richness and remarkable grace; colossal stone pillars that stand proud amidst the ruins of royal palaces, Buddhist monasteries and temples; magnificent stone cut swimming pools of sophisticated hydrology.

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