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Ruins

Main Refectory

  Province North Central
  District Anuradhapura
  Nearest Town Anuradhapura
  Period 914-923 A.D.
  Ruler king Kassapa V

Introduction

Remains of four phases of constructions from the first century B.C., have been discovered at this refectory which is also mentioned in the 10th century Abhayagiriya inscription of king Kassapa V 914-923 A.D. Chinese monk Fa-Hien in the fifth century A.D. mentions that 5000 monks resided at Abhayagiriya the stone canoe of 19 m in length exceeds the capacity of 5000 alms bowls a sun-dial, kitchen store rooms and under ground conduits supplying water to the building are also visible.

Key

  • Court yard
  • Kitchen
  • Store room
  • Dining room
  • Dining area
  • Under ground water supply line
  • Sun dial
  • Stone Canoe