Polonnaruwa was the second capital of Sri Lanka after the destruction of Anuradhapura in 993. It comprises, besides the Brahmanic monuments built by the Cholas, the monumental ruins of the fabulous garden-city created by Parakramabahu I in the 12th century.
Criteria for inclusion as a World Heritage Site
|i||To represent a masterpiece of human creative genius.||All|
|iii||To bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared.||All|
|vi||To be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions, with ideas, or with beliefs, with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance. (The Committee considers that this criterion should preferably be used in conjunction with other criteria).||All|
|Dambulla Royal Cave Temple||2020||39km||site_ao|
|The Sacred Bodhi Tree||2018||81.8km||site_ao|
|Central Highlands of Sri Lanka||2010||56km||site_whs|
|Sacred City of Kandy||1988||79.8km||site_whs|
|Golden Temple of Dambulla||1991||39.3km||site_whs|
|Ancient City of Sigiriya||1982||27.9km||site_whs|
|Sacred City of Anuradhapura||1982||82.3km||site_whs|
|The Lion Fortress Of Sri Lanka Was Swallowed By The Jungle||2019||27.8km||post|
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