Facts About Anuradhapura

  1. Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sinhala civilization.
  2. Anuradhapura is a major city in Sri Lanka. It is the capital city of North Central Province, Sri Lanka and the capital of Anuradhapura District.
  3. Anuradhapura was a major intellectual centre for early Theravāda Buddhism, home to revered Buddhist philosophers including Buddhaghosa.
  4. Anuradhapura was the third capital of the kingdom of Rajarata, following the kingdoms of Tambapanni and Upatissa Nuwara.
  5. Anuradhapura is a World Heritage site, was the centre of Theravada Buddhism for many centuries.
  6. Anuradhapura is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and one of the eight World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka.
  7. Although according to historical records the city was founded in the 5th century BC, the archaeological data put the date as far back as the 10th century BC.
  8. The Anuradhapura Kingdom appears on Ptolemy’s world map, one of the oldest maps known to man.
  9. Anuradhapura has an ancient cutting from a sacred fig tree, which was brought from India to Sri Lanka in the 3rd century BC by Princess Sanghamitta, a Buddhist nun.
  10. The estimated Population of Anuradhapura is 50,595.
Facts About Anuradhapura
Facts About Anuradhapura

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