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King Parakramabahu , the great Polonnaruwa monarch who built the Parakrama Samudra, had a magnificent seven storey palace, called the Vijayanta Prasada . Although much of it is now in completely devastation, one can imagine how grand it once used to be. The remaining walls show grooves where vertical timber columns and wooden floors rose up like a step pyramid, reducing in area as with each floor. The palace consists of one main wall surrounded by 40 interconnecting rooms. The palace and its courtyard are protected by walls, which were then bordered with another outer wall.

Parakramabahu(1123-1186) was king of Sri Lanka from 1153 to 1186. During his reign from his capital Polonnaruwa, he combined the three sub kingdoms of the island, becoming one of the last monarchs in Sri Lankan history to do so. He oversaw the expansion and beautification of his capital, constructed extensive irrigation systems, reorganized the country's army, reformed Buddhist practices, encouraged the arts and undertook military campaigns in southern India and in Myanmar. The adage "not even a little water that comes from the rain must flow into the ocean without being made useful to man" is one of his most famous utterances.

The sea of Prakramabahu

Although without any religious significance, this reservoir is possibly Polonnaruwa's most impressive feature. It was constructed during the reign of King Parakramabahu 1 in the late 12th century and served both as a supply of water for both the city and for irrigation. Reservoirs in Sri Lanka are somewhat incongruously called "Tanks" and some of them like the Sea of Parakrama, are so big they are actually more like inland seas.


 

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