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Listed under Sacred Places in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.

  • Photo of Ruwanwelisaya
  • Photo of Ruwanwelisaya
  • Photo of Ruwanwelisaya
  • Photo of Ruwanwelisaya
Photo of Ruwanwelisaya
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The Ruwanwelisaya is one of Sri Lanka's most impressive stupas, so its significance is architectural as well as religious. Much of the architectural interest is based on the fact that it stands an impressive 300ft tall, and much of the religious veneration is because it's one of the Solosmasthana (the 16 places of veneration) and the Atamasthana (the 8 places of veneration in the ancient sacred city of Anuradhapura) – these are Buddhist accolades.

If the photo has inspired you you should look into the story of this monument's construction – it was a ceremonial act of beauty and design.

Written by  Emilie Stokes.

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