Lankatilaka Vihara / Lankatilaka buddha – Polonnaruwa

Lankatilaka Vihara is a Buddhist temple in Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka. The temple was built by King Parakramabahu the Great in the 12th century and is one of the most important architectural and religious sites in the country. The temple is named after the Sinhala word “Lankatilaka“, which means “jewel of Lanka“.

Also, Lankatilaka Vihara is a large brick structure, with a soaring central tower that is over 100 feet high. The walls of this temple are decorated with intricate carvings, depicting scenes from Buddhist mythology. The main Buddha statue in the temple is over 40 feet tall and is made of brick and stucco.

Lankatilaka Vihara is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Sri Lanka. This temple is a stunning example of Sinhala architecture and is a reminder of the rich cultural heritage of the country. The temple was damaged during the 13th century invasion of Kalinga Magha, but was later restored.

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