This sacred city was established around a cutting from the ‘tree of enlightenment’, the Buddha’s

Bo tree, brought there in the 3rd century B.C. by Sanghamitta, the founder of an order of

Buddhist nuns. Anuradhapura, a Ceylonese political and religious capital that flourished for

1,300 years, was abandoned after an invasion in 993. Hidden away in dense jungle for many

years, the splendid site, with its palaces, monasteries and monuments, is now accessible once




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