Anuradhapura Sights

Ruwanwelisaya

Ruins located in Anuradhapura
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A gigantic white dome denotes the Ruwanwelisaya (Great Stupa) and is considered a marvel for its architectural qualities and sacred to many Buddhists all over the world. The stupa is one of the world's tallest monuments, standing at 338 feet (103 m) and with a circumference of 950 ft (290 m).

Built by King Dutugemunu, who was supposedly inspired by seeing a bubble floating on water – the dome itself represents heaven, or alternatively, you could see it as representing the head of Buddha. The stupa is raised above ground level on a huge, stone-flagged terrace, bound by a high wall adorned with an imposing army of near life-size sculpted elephants (nearly all of them modern replacements) standing ear to ear: the elephants seem to support the platform, just as in Buddhist mythology they hold up the earth.