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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  • July 2, 2017
    This was supposedly a refectory of the old city and was a huge building with the roof covered with bronze tiles. What is left now are the pillars of the building , many standing erect.  more »
  • May 13, 2017
    No information in English at this site to explain its history. It's impressive. All fenced off to the public  more »
  • April 9, 2017
    Is said to be the Palace of the copper roof and of course now there, 1600 columns are said to have, now that just leaves densely packed with columns, can not enter the ... Only look at the perimeter and imagining the past glory
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  • March 13, 2017
    Really massive creativity. But you can't access inside the building. This historical rock building build for Buddhist monks.
  • May 26, 2017
    7 story building which is in ruins now. You can just imagine the glory it was in its prime.
  • March 27, 2017
    Every time i visit this place I am just stunned . The precision of the colonnade they laid all that years back truly amazes me as a surveyor I know what kind of knowledge requires to achieve that. Truly amazing place even without its historical significance
  • January 15, 2017
    Unbelievable creation by Old Sri Lankans!
  • January 24, 2017
    Today, all we have are 1600 stone pillars in 40 rows of the Brazen Palace. A great gleaming roof, made of copper, slanting down to all four sides from the center most point gave shelter to 1000 windowed chambers in 9 stories rising to a height of 150 feet. You can see this place in near anuradhapura sri maha bodhi.

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Hotels and guesthouses lie scattered around Anuradhapura, and accommodations tend to concentrate in a green neighborhood between the main street and Nuwara Wewa irrigation tank. Mid-range hotels near the tank also have swimming pools. Budget travelers should explore the numerous family-run guesthouses, where you can negotiate the price. You can always accept the offer by your rickshaw driver for a basic room at a reasonable rate.
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