Avkana Statue (Before the Ill Fated Canopy)
Photo and Text by Siri
The great statue of Lord Buddha at Avkana is 42 feet (13 meters) tall. This statue, that dates back to the 5th century is considered to be the most magnificent and least damaged, of all the ancient statues in the island. The original statue, carved out of solid rock during the reign of King Dhatusena, is believed to have been housed within a protective "image house". Avkana is about 32 miles (51 km) south east of Anuradhapura

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