This sacred city was established around a cutting from the 'tree of enlightenment', the Buddha's fig tree, brought there in the 3rd century B.C. by Sanghamitta, the founder of an order of Buddhist nuns. Anuradhapura, a Ceylonese political and religious capital that flourished for 1,300 years, was abandoned after an invasion in 993. Hidden away in dense jungle for many years, the splendid site, with its palaces, monasteries and monuments, is now accessible once again.

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Sacred City of Anuradhapura

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DATA

Region
Asia and the Pacific
Country
Sri Lanka 
Category
Cultural
Name
Sacred City of Anuradhapura
Selection Criteria (?)
(ii)(iii)(vi)
Year of Registered
1982
Keyword
Registered in 1982, Sacred Place