Photographer's Note

I have an earlier post with a similar view, but where the stupas of Anuradhapura are out of focus, while there is a nice branch in focus in the foreground. Well, this is one where the only thing in the foreground is a rock, and you can see three of the stupas at Anuradhapura quite clearly. The big white one is Ruwanvelisaya, the big brown one is Jetavana, and I think that the smaller white one off to the left of the picture is Mirisivati.

This is taken from Mihintale, a very large rock outcrop 10km east of Anuradhapura, which is itself a monastic complex and has one small stupa that is currently in use, and a few large ancient ones. The two white stupas at Anuradhapura have been restored in the 20th century and are currently used as places of worship, while Jetavana and other smaller ones at the site (not visible) are being restored.

This shot shows an important feature of Sri Lankan monastic sites: they are often intervisible. In the past, when all of these were in use and the trees were cleared, etc. you would always be able to see one stupa when standing at another one, and maybe many more. Intervisibility seems to be quite a prominent feature of monastic sites here, as it is in many parts of the world.

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