Anuradhapura Sights

Jethavana Monastery

Ruins located in Anuradhapura

The vast Jetavanarama monastery and stupa is the largest stupa in Anuradhapura, around 122 metres (400ft) in height and 113-metre (370ft) in diameter. Elaborate shrines (vahalkadas) mark each of the four cardinal points, the eastern one depicting the beautiful figures of women posed so elegantly they appear to be moving, even dancing. 

The stupa was the centrepiece of the great Jetavanarama monastery, founded by King Mahasena, and extensive monastic remains litter the surrounding parkland – including a finely preserved bathing pool and the unusual “Buddhist railing”, a kind of stone fence.