Jethawanaramaya Stupa
Jethawanaramaya Stupa
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Terry M
Hamilton, Canada4,896 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
At 122m, this is the tallest stupa ever built. Some 93 million baked bricks were used in the construction. Its foundation is 8.5m deep, sitting on bedrock. Like many sites here, it was rebuilt. It was built as an act of attrition.
Written January 21, 2020
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Peter M
Melbourne, Australia1,293 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
This stupa was built by King Valagamba. Nothing is known about the ancient form of the stupa, and later it was renovated. The ruins show that there are rows of stone pillars and it is no doubt that there has been a house built encircling the stupa cover it. The round courtyard of the stupa is 10 feet above the ground. the diameter of the stupa is 45 feet and the diameter of the courtyard 1319 feet
Written November 17, 2023
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Kamal P
Byron Bay, Australia8,068 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Apart of being a sacred edifice, Jethawanaramaya by far is the giant of all the stupas. Of the man-made structures in the world it has been recorded that this edifice was only the third to pyramids and the tallest of all the stupas in the world rising to almost over 120 meters. With the gradual weathering over the years and collapse, apparently the height has reduced and what remains today is the outcome of the last restoration by another great Sri lankan king - Parakramabahu in 12th century. The Stupa is conserved beautifully and reflects the engineering skills of the ancient Sri lankan people.
Written May 9, 2020
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Masha S
7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014
Guys! All these places are completely Free of charge! For foreigners too! This is just a scam they are doing in this city. When we arrived our Taxi driver told us that we need to pay more than 3 thousand to go in these places, and showed a ticket. We believed him and decided not to go there, since it was so expensive. But later, when we were walking near it, we didn't see any tickets offices or anything like that. We asked security guards there, but they all said it was Free!!! So please, don't pay any money when you go there!
Written February 8, 2014
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Kai Wah
Malaysia3,578 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
This was our first stop visiting the Anuradhapura ancient site which is the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Entrance fee for the entire site is LKR4,550 or USD25 per person per entry. It is the significant structure as biggest and tallest building in the ancient world of Anuradhapura Kingdom in 3rd-4th century. Best way to visit the site is by hiring a driver since the site is huge and scattered and not within walking distance. We engaged our driver service with “BLUE HAVEN TOURS” with fantastic and dedicated driver. Dress appropriately with cover shoulder and pants/ dress below knee. If possible, wear socks as walking on the sandstone under the daylight can be burning for the feet. Drinking water is essential too. Nice start to explore the Anuradhapura Ancient site. Unfortunately, the museum was closed for renovations during our visit, otherwise it would be informative prior to visiting to the sites.
Written March 9, 2020
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Jiří B
Prague, Czech Republic7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
Governments main job is to rip the tourist off and even the officials behave this way, arrogant and not customer oriented at all. It is all about money here. The price for tourist RP 3500 compared to almost nothing paid by locals. You have to pay that to be able to access the entire area. Not worth the money. "My generous donation will help you preserve the heritage" (as stated on the ticket) however should the locals be also interested to take a part? After you pay the entrance fee almost nothing is in English. You have to open google to get at least some information. Also you would expect at least basic English knowledge of the staff if you charge this entrance fee. We had a disagreement with the staff I took as 15 mins to find someone who can speak basic English. Or at least clean up at the historical sites from all the garbage. I can't really see here that the money is actually going in the heritage. Didn't buy it. Also to be honest there is not that much you can see for the money here unless you are really a big history fan or Buddhist.
Written August 30, 2017
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ATY39
Sopot, Poland241 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
This stupa is close to the archeological museum which in closed for reconstruction. Therefore there was nobody there when we visited the stupa. Really an experience, especially with a big her of monkeys climbing the stupa
Written March 23, 2020
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Malki S
Bentota, Sri Lanka58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Family
This is the largest stupa in the world. This is preserved in the stage it was founded. Hence the top of the stupa is broken. This is a religious place for Buddhists.however this is also a place where you and admire and learn about the ancient technology,architecture,art, and Buddhist culture.
Written October 6, 2018
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Vachintha Piyadasa
Colombo, Sri Lanka1,808 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Family
One of the highly valued historical and religious landmarks located within the ruins of the sacred city of Anuradhapura. A part of a sash or belt tied by the Buddha is believed to be the relic that is enshrined here. This is also significant in recorded history as one of the tallest structures in the ancient world. It is 400 ft in height.
Written October 10, 2017
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Tassaduq Hussain
Multan, Pakistan3,368 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Couples
JETAVANA DAGOBA
The Jetavana Dagoba (Stupa), a UNESCO world heritage site, is the highest brick-built Dagobah in the world, founded by King Mahasena (276-303 AC) upon Mahayana Buddhism, on the ruins of an old monatery. When built with over 93 million bricks in 27 years, it was the third tallest structure in the world after two pyramids of Khufu & Khafra in Giza, Cairo (Egypt). Originally its height was 397 feet and it was erected on land measuring 8 acres. Its diameter was more than 330 feet. Today it is 230 feet high and restoration work is in progress. Before wearing down of its pinnacle, erosion of ground and burial of the base, its height was 400 feet. The Jetavana monastery in its hey days housed bout 3000 monks. It is one of the sixteen most sacred cultural destinations in Anuradhapura.
Written May 9, 2016
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