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The 8 Placees of Veneration Atamasthana

The city Anuradhapura was founded during the 4th century BC, then quickly became both the capital of the Sri Lanka and also the sacred city of Buddhism on the island. The Chronicles of Mahanam, a narrative written 1,000 years later, affirms that it was founded in 380 BC by Prince Pandukabhaya.

The city is one of the principal shrines of Buddhism, including the branch planted from the fig tree of Buddha, brought there in the 3rd century BC, has flourished and, today, the Bodhi tree spreads out over the centre of the site from a sanctuary near the Brazen Palace. The relics of Buddha have, moreover, shaped the religious topography of Anuradhapura, where the Dagaba Thuparama was built by King Devanampiyatissa in the 3rd century BC to house the clavicle of Buddha, an important religious relic presented by Emperor Ashoka.

These are 8 main places of worship in the Ancient Sacred city of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. These places are valued for their artistic, historical and archaeological value.