Abhayagiri Dagoba at Anuradhapura
Photo and Text by Siri
Buddhism played a major role in the developement of these cities. Elaborate palaces and temples with great "dagobas" were scatterd among these "tanks"( reservoirs). Unfortunately though, while ancient cities in Greece, and Rome were built of stone, the cities in ancient Sri Lanka were mostly built of wood and clay. The only structures that were of brick and stone, were the structures that were devoted to the Buddha and his disciples. Abhayagiri Dagoba shown here was founded as a monastery, about 88 B.C., by Sinhalese King Vattagamini.

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