World’s Second Tallest along the history
Believe it or not, Sri Lanka’s own Jetavanaramaya was the world’s tallest non-Pyramid structure for over thousand years, a singular feat of monumental proportions that should make the Stupa an international icon of all times.
Standing at 400ft in the ancient city of Anuradhapura, Jetavanaramaya was sanctioned by King Mahasena (271 – 301) and along with Pharos Lighthouse of Alexandria was hailed as the world’s tallest (the exact height of the lighthouse is debated) for more than a millennium, just below the height of the great Pyramids.
National Museum of Colombo
History comes alive
Commissioned by the then British Governor in Ceylon, Sir William Henry Gregory, Colombo National Museum is Sri Lanka’s largest and foremost Museum. Despite its British influence, the distinct architecture of the edifice is inspired by Italian design. The Museum was opened to public on January 1, 1872.
Arcade Independence Square
An asylum for the weary
Back in 1889 it was built as a ‘lunatic asylum’ and today the location in Colombo 7 is a plush hangout featuring shops, restaurants and cinemas. It is a part of the Independence Square re-development program.
Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct
Time stands still on a 21st century block
Considered to be one of the oldest buildings in Fort, the Dutch era hospital today is a glamorous shopping arcade and a hangout with great dining options. The hospital’s close proximity to the port saw it serving Dutch seafarers even though it was originally established to treat the staff of the Dutch East India Company. Paintings from the era show a canal running alongside the hospital but it was later filled up by the British.
The Ancient Massive Stupa
This massive stupa is located in the sacred world heritage city of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. it is also significant in recorded history as one of the tallest structures in the ancient world and the second tallest non-pyramidal buildings after Pharos (lighthouse) of Alexandria; the height of the stupa is 400 feet (122 m) making it the tallest stupa in the ancient world.
The Ancient Rock Fortress
Sigiriya also known as the Lion's Rock is a rock fortress and a palace located in the Matale district of Sri Lanka and nearly 200 metres (660 ft) high. This site was the Kingdom of King Kasyapa (477 – 495 CE) and he built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colorful frescoes. This massive rock fortress is listed as a UNESCO listed WorldHeritage site.
Mix of Architecture and Cultural essence
The temple's architecture demonstrates an eclectic mix of Sri Lankan, Thai, Indian, and Chinese architecture. This Buddhist temple includes several imposing buildings and is situated not far from the placid waters of Beira Lake on a plot of land. Today Gangaramaya serves not only as a place of Buddhist worship; it is also a centre of learning. The temple is uniquely attractive and tolerant to congregation members of many different religions.