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Polonnaruwa Vatadage, Polonnaruwa
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See the ancient structure of Polonnaruwa Vatadage, built to hold a relic of the Buddha's tooth and the alms bowl he used. At the center of the circular building with concentric terraces, you can see a seated Buddha. Belonging to Polonnaruwa period, the most striking stone work in the monument comes from guard stone and moonstone. Historians believe ornamental elements at the monument's entrance represent the cycle of Samsara in Buddhism. Spare a though for the many local people who have managed to preserve the site in near-perfect condition. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Polonnaruwa Vatadage by using our Polonnaruwa tour planner.
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  • One of the many ruins in the Polonnawura zone referring to Buddha. Most are dated some centuries before Christ and is in poor condition due to natural erosion. All these sets are the delight of lovers of archaeology.
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  • Extremely disappointed in Polonnaruwa, but this temple stands out. Design interesting and well preserved, with a multitude of details. Nevertheless there are 15 minutes to go around.
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  • The Polonnaruwa Vatadage is an ancient structure dating back to the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa of Sri Lanka. It is believed to have been built during the reign of Parakramabahu I to hold the Relic of the ...  more »
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  • Demonstrates how Sri Lankans reect Lord Buddha
  • Beautiful place. Very interesting is the history of all the site. It's worth it to take a guide and travel around Polonnaruwa
  • Beautiful place. Very interesting is the history of all the site. Pay attention not to shot a photo while someone has his back on the statues, they will scold you very badly and make you cancel the photo. It's worth it to take a guide and go around by bicycle.
  • The Polonnaruwa Vatadage is an ancient structure dating back to the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa of Sri Lanka
  • The Polonnaruwa Vatadage is an ancient structure dating back to the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa of Sri Lanka. It is believed to have been built during the reign of Parakramabahu I to hold the Relic of the tooth of the Buddha or during the reign of Nissanka Malla of Polonnaruwa to hold the alms bowl used by the Buddha. Both these venerated relics would have given the structure a great significance and importance at the time. Located within the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, it is the best preserved example of a vatadage in the country, and has been described as the "ultimate development" of this type of architecture. Abandoned for several centuries, excavation work at the Polonnaruwa Vatadage began in 1903.