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Ruins of Thupa-Rama at Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka

Ruins of Thupa-Rama at Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka

Ruins of Thupa-Rama at Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka #IMG328


Ruins, Anuradhapura (Ceylon). 18 February 1868

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Artist: Leighton, Stanley (1837-1901)
Medium: Pencil on paper
Date: 18th Feb 1868

Thupa-Rama, Anuradhapura, Ceylon.

Anuradhapura was the seat of government for over 1000 years and is the spot where Buddhism first gained importance on the island in c. 260 BC. As a result, the area contains many ruined Buddhist shrines and monasteries as well as royal palaces and other related ruins. Seen in this drawing is the remains of a Buddhist site with a stupa in the centre. A stupa is a round shrine with a finial on top where important relics were housed; they can be found in almost every town of this predominately Buddhist country. Other important sites in Anuradhapura include the 1600 columns that remain of the Brazen Palace and the Sacred Bo tree (Sri Maha Bodhi), the tree believed to be a sapling from the tree under which Buddha attained enlightenment. source: The British Library Board

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