Thursday, January 17, 2013

Anuradhapura - Sri Lanka

I've other 3 cards from Sri Lanka but this is my 1st written and stamped from there. It was sent by Naafiah and shows the Ruwanwelisaya stupa in the Sacred City of Anuradhapura, a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1982. 

© Vijitha and Lalana Yapa
Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins of ancient Sri Lankan civilization.
 It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. 
From the 4th century BC, it was the capital of Sri Lanka until the beginning of the 11th century AD. During this period it remained one of the most stable and durable centers of political power and urban life in South Asia. The ancient city, considered sacred to the Buddhist world, is today surrounded by monasteries covering an area of over sixteen square miles (40 km²).
Ruwanwelisaya is the oldest and the most voluminous stupa at Anuradhapura.  

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