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Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, Anuradhapura
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Look upon the awesome structure of Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, among the tallest stupas in the ancient world. Standing 400 feet (122 m), the mound-like structure utilizes a whopping 93.3 million baked bricks. Set in an ancient Buddhist monastery, the building likely dates back to the 4th and 5th centuries BCE--and supposedly houses a sash that was tied by the Buddha himself. Conservation efforts are slowly underway here; you may notice trees growing from the temple itself, evidence of years of neglect. Walk around the site, taking in the intricate stone carvings and reclining Buddha. You'll need to take off your shoes to visit; bring some socks to navigate the hot stone ground, and wear long pants or a skirt. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Anuradhapura holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Jethawanaramaya Dagoba and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • All the more impressive that during my visit, workers were trying to renovate it or clean it up on scaffolding in simple... bamboo, with no security, is relying on Buddha to protect! When you see the height and size of this building we typically seized the fervor of these men for this symbol!
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  • If you are in Sri Lanka, a visit to the stupas of Anuradhadpura absolutely a must. The stupas are huge in size and around it you'll find afforestation with different monkey species.
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  • A temple imposing but much less alive than the others. Go during a walk in the corner.
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  • This is a massive awe inspiring structure. Unfortunately it has not got enough attention. Will someone believe that it is almost as tall as the great pyramid of Giza? To get the real feeling one should visit it and see. This is an excellent site.
  • Quite awe inspiring to just stand under it and look up! Until you stand there you don't really get to grips with the size of these things.
  • The largest stupa in Sri Lanka. Though ruined time to time with various invasions, the sacred stupa still remains as the tallest among other stupas in Sri Lanka.
  • Jethawana Stupa is the largest stupa in the Sri Lanka. It was originally 400 feet (122 meters) in height and was the third tallest building in the world at that time. Even today as a brick monument, Jethawanaramaya still remains the tallest of its kind in the world.
  • Jethawanaramaya stupa is largest stupa in Sri lanka.