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Royal Place

  Province North Central
  District Polonnaruva
  Nearest Town Polonnaruva
  Period 1153 – 1186 A.D.
  Ruler King Parakramabahu the Great

Introduction

This is the seven storied Place named Vijayotpaya Vijavanta Prasada built by King Parakramabahu the great (1153 – 1186 A.D.) in Polonnaruwa. The name is that of the Palace of God sakra and its adoption here indicates that these may have been a need at the time to secure the concept that the king and God were equal. The basic ground plan of the palace is similar to that of the 12th century “Vijayabahu”. Palace at Anuradhapura and the palaces at Panduvasnuvara and Yapahuwa. Remains of there stories of the supposed seven stories can still be identified. Crevises and sockets on the thick. Brick walls were to take in large wooden beams. These are evidence that this palace may have been destroyed by fire Mahavamsa mention that this had thousand chambers. Around the palace, ruins of may buildings are seen which may have been used at places for rituals and entertainment, and as rooms for palace aides and storage.

Key

  • Lobby
  • Audience Hall
  • Staircase
  • Septic Tank
  • Court – yard
  • Building Hall