Tuesday, June 11, 2013

SRI LANKA ~Gal Vihara-Polonnaruwa UNESCO~

View of a "sacred place" showing probably the most beautiful Budha images of Sri Lanka in a wonderful  natural setting...card nr 50 received of this amazing island and most of them sent by my postcard friend Ravindra!! Thanks a lot!! :D

As usual great and colorful stamps!

Gal Vihara, Polonnaruwa known as “The Northern Temple” in the beginning of its history, is a cave complex, about 27 meters in length and 10 meters in height at the centre and sloping towards the ends, with sculptures carved on the solid rock in four shrines and also known as the Cave of the Spirits of Knowledge.It is one of the most important Buddhist shrines. It takes the form of three colossal Buddha images carved out of a granite cliff.  Most prominent is the standing image, 7m (23ft) tall.Next to it is an enormous 14m (46ft) reclining Buddha. Two smaller, less skillfully carved Buddha images occupy niches in the rock nearby.

Polonnaruwa is the second most ancient city of Sri Lanka's kingdoms and the first declared capital city by King Vijayabahu I. Today the ancient city of Polonnaruwa remains one of the best planned archaeological relic sites in the country, showing the grandeur of the first rulers.

The ancient city of Polonnaruwa has been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1982.

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