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Royal Palace of King Vijayabahu I

  Province North Central
  District Anuradhapura
  Nearest Town Anuradhapura
  Period 1055-1110 AD
  Ruler King Vijayabahu I

Introduction

King Vijayabahu I ascended to throne in 1055 in the Rohana and 18 years after that and 3 years after defeating the Colas from India he celebrated his consecration in Anuradhapura. But he selected to rule from Pollonnaruwa and shifted the capital there. This building we see today is thought to be the temporary palace he constructed to for the celebrations in Anuradhapura. This building as it stands today measures 128x216 feet (39x66 meters) . The guard stones at the entrance to the palace represent “Sankhanihi” and “Padmanidhi”, the two attendants of Kuvera.