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Ruins

Assembly hall

  Province North Central
  District Anuradhapura
  Nearest Town Mihintale
  Period Unknown
  Ruler Unknown

Introduction

An integral part of the Buddhist monastery was the Sannipata sala or the Assembly hall where the monks met to discuss matters of common interest . The elevated seat in the middle of the hall was for the most senior monk under whose guidance the proceedings were discussed. The hall is square and is said not to have had enclosing walls or rooms attached to it. The roof rested on stone pillars that can be seen even today. The hall has access from all four sides.