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Pictures from Polonnaruwa in Sri Lanka: the Royal Palace, Citadel, and Audience  Hall (Assembly Hall).

Citadel and Royal Palace of Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka.
The Citadel and Royal Palace of Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka.

Polonnaruwa was the capital of Sri Lanka from the eleventh to the first quarter of the thirteenth century. It is situated in the present North-Central Province. The whole archaeological site of Polonnaruwa is composed of several parts: the citadel and royal palace complex, the sacred quadrangle, Alahana Parvena, Gal Vihara, the Nortern temple, and Potgul Vehera (at the southern end). 

Polonnaruwa has also an attractive archaeological museum that provides tourists with  information on the different parts of the historical site of Polonnaruwa. The museum has reconstructed models of a few monuments. It is situated near the Polonnaruwa Rest House.

Polonnaruwa has been listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO.


Audience Hall of the Royal Palace of Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka
Audience Hall (also known as Assembly Hall) of the Royal Palace Complex of Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka.


Audience Hall (detail) of the Royal Palace of Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka
Audience Hall (detail) of the Royal Palace Complex of Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka  - lion statue at the entrance of the hall.


 

Links

Ministry of culture of Sri Lanka
Introduction to the world heritage sites in Sri Lanka by the Ministry of culture.

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