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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Sept. 27, 2013: Gal Vihara, Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka 2001 081 Polonnaruwa. Gal Vihara


Polonnaruwa is a medieval city in the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka. and provides some of the best preserved ruins in that remarkable country.  The most striking attraction in this city is the Gal Vihara, a superbly detailed group of 3 large Buddha carvings which includes a standing figure (7 m high), a sitting figure, and a reclining figure (14 m long) lying on a pillow; you can see two of these depicted in this photo.  Crafted in the 12th century, they are carved from a single huge piece of granite (like Mt. Rushmore but on a smaller scale).  At one time these carvings were part of a Buddhist monastery but now they are open to all to study and enjoy.


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  • Gal Vihara, Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

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