Located in the North-Central part of the island, originally founded by a King’s minister named Anuradha in 500 BC. Anuradhapura is acclaimed as the greatest monastic city of the ancient world and has served as the royal capital of 113 kings.
In 1073, Anuradhapura was fought over and abandoned when the capital was moved to Polonnaruwa. Explorers re-discovered the crumbling ruins in the 19th Century and an effort to restore and re-build this city has since begun.
It is an important historical and archaeological site and continues to attract both Sri Lankan and foreign visitors as well as pilgrims.
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