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Lovamahapaya, Anuradhapura

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Lovamahapaya is a building situated between Ruvanveliseya and Sri Mahabodiya in the ancient city of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. It is also known as the Brazen Palace or Lohaprasadaya because the roof was covered with bronze tiles.In ancient times, the building included the refectory and the uposathagara (Uposatha house). There was also a simamalake where the Sangha assembled on Poya days to recite the sutra of the confessional. The famous Lohaprasada built by King Dutugemunu, described as an edifice of nine stories, was a building of this class. One side of the building was 400 ft (120 m) in length. There are 40 rows, each row consisting of 40 stone pillars, for a total of 1600 pillars. It is believed that it took six years for the construction of the building and the plan was brought from the heavens. The building was completely destroyed during the reign of King Saddhatissa.Whilst the Jetavanaramaya, Abhayagiriya and Ruwanwelisaya were taller structures, the Lovamahapaya remained the tallest building of the island for over a millennia between 155BC and 993AD. The small building displayed now is a recent construction and is the Venue of Uposatha (chapter house) of the Maha Vihara even now.
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  • 据说是铜的宫殿顶盖当然现在木有了,据说有1600根柱子,现在就剩下密密麻麻的柱子,不能进入…只能在外围看看和想象过去的辉煌  more »
  • Built more than 21 centuries ago. Situated between the Sri maha bodiya and Ruwanweli Seya. Evening visit is more convenient because of the warm weather.  more »
  • There are hundreds of pillars planted in the ground. OK it is a ruin, but it is impossible to represent the original construction. No explanation, a fence... we pass and move on...
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  • This ancient buddhist religious building reflects the proud heirlooms of sinhala buddhists in sri lanka. This was built by king Gemunu who is considered as the greatest hero in the history of ceylon.
  • This was built by King Dutugemunu for Buddhist monks as refectory and the uposathagara. History says that it was 9 stories building. The roof is covered with copper and bronze plates. In presents we can see massive stone pillars surrounding it.
  • Lowamahapaya is a refectory built by king Dutugemunu for the Buddhist monks. It also composed of a Uposathagara and Seemamalaka. It attracts the pilgrims and tourists for its unbelievable and unique construction upon stone pillars. It is said that it took six years to finish the construction.
  • This building was built by king Dutugamunu for Buddist monks.According to history this was a seven stores building.
  • According to the history this has been 7 stores building. Nice place to visit. Important historical site.