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Yapahuwa Ancient City



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Located about 130Km from Colombo, or about a 3-4 hour drive, is one of Sri Lanka's ancient capitals. This is the Yapahuwa Rock Fortress, Which is built on the side of a huge 90meter high boulder. During a period of political instability, King Bhuvanekabahu 1 moved his capital to Yapahuwa in 1272, talking with him the Sacred Tooth Relic. After his death , the fortress fell into obscurity and was eventually abandoned.

The Stone staircase leading to the remains of the Tooth Temple half way up the rock is the most impressive features of fortress, and it is embellished with beautiful friezes of musicians, dancers and drummers. There are also well-preserved guard stones and animal statuettes. On reaching the top, the visitor is rewarded with a panoramic view of the surrounding area, as well as a close-up view of the doorway that once led into the Tooth Temple.

At the foot of the rock is a monastery and a small museum which contains some statues and various antiquities. There is also a collection of ancient Chinese coins and pottery from the Sung Dynasty, which shows that Bhuvanekabahu had some contact with China. To access the museum, request the key from one of the caretaker monks who will usually oblige. The large and ornate golden key is itself an interesting artifact.

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Sacred City of Yapahuwa - Wikipedia


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