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Ruwanwelisaya Stupa

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One of the places Buddha is believed to have visited

Ruwanwelisaya Stupa, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

As the oldest stupa in Sri Lanka, Ruwanwelisaya is considered to be an icon of architectural glory in ancient Sri Lanka. Ruwanwelisaya, rising with its glory in the city of Anuradhapura, tops the list among Buddhists’ sacred places. It was built by King Dutugemunu  in 140 B.C. His name is written in the annals of Sri Lankan history as a great king who stabilized the contemporary nation bringing all the communities under one flag. Ruwenwelisaya bears witness for his incomparable service to revive Buddhism in the country. It is located just a short walk away from Maha Bodhi tree in Anuradhapura. Buddhists all over the world worship this stupa as majory of Buddha’s relics are enshrined in its core.

Because of its gigantic construction with the height of 338 feet and circumference of 950 feet, Ruwanwelisaya is considered to be one of the world’s tallest monuments.


The stupa is one of the eight places of veneration situated in Anuradhapura which are places believed to have been visited by Buddha during his three visits to Sri Lanka.



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