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Ruins

Lankatilaka

  Province North Central
  District Polonnaruva
  Nearest Town Polonnaruva
  Period 1153 – 1186 A.D.
  Ruler king parakramabahu

Introduction

This is the vaulted type (gedige) image house built by king Parakramabahu the Great (1153 – 1186 A.D.) and it is the largest image house built in ancient Sri Lanka.

The two pylons at the entrance and the giant standing Buddha image inside signify its scale. There is evidence that the interior and exterior walls had been adorned with paintings. The stucco relief sculpture on the exterior walls show south Indian influence. Obvious indications are there that this image house had been renovated during the Dambadeniya period (13th century A.D.) The Building with stone pillars in front of the image house may have been a pavilion for hevisi drummers.

Key

  • Porch
  • Vestibule
  • Secondary entrance
  • stairway
  • Entresol
  • circumambulating Passage
  • Sanctum
  • Standing Buddha Image