Photographer's Note

a moment of quiet...


Anuradhapura is one of South-East Asia's most magnificent ancient sites. The sprawling complex of the ancient city contains countless pagodas (one of them in this picture), brick towers, ancient pools and crumbling temples. Most of these were built during Anuradhapura's 1000 year rule over Sri Lanka.

Anuradhapura first became capital of Sri Lanka in 380 BC, but when buddhism reached Sri Lanka that it rose to importance. This happened under the reign of Devanampiya Tissa (247-207 BC). The last great king of Arunadhapura was Mahasena (276-303 AD), but even after his reign Anuradhapura was to survive for another 500 years before finally being replaced by Polonnaruwa as the country's capital.

This picture shows one of the many pagodas that dot the Anuradhapura countryside. I believe it is the Mirisavatiya Pagoda, which was built during the reign of Dutugemunu (161-137 BC).


The title was borrowed from this really beautiful song - enjoy!



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