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Potgul Vihara (Library Shrine)

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


The circular building on a high terrace in front of the statue which is popularly known as the figure of Parakramabahu is known as the Potgul Vehera or library monastery. A beautiful stone doorframe adorns the entirely built of brick using the corbelled method of brick construction. The entire wall in the interior was once painted. On the four corners of the upper terrace are four small stupas. The lower terrace contains cells for monks. An inscription states that King Parakramabahu the Great built it.