Pothgul Vehera (Polonnaruwa) – පොත්ගුල් වෙහෙර

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Remains of the Pothgul Vehera in Polonnaruwa

Remains of the Pothgul Vehera in Polonnaruwa
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Pothgul Vehera of the ancient Polonnaruwa Kingdom is located some distance from the statue and thought to be a Buddhist library complex and a place where the Buddhist writings were studied and resided. The original name of this Aramaic complex is not known.

This brick building is built on 4 stages. On the 3rd stage there are 9 buildings which are thought to be places where the priests lived. On the very top floor there is a circular building with a dome shaped roof.

The roof is no more in the building. But on the walls it is still possible to see the fragments of paintings which have survived under the forces of nature for over 800 years.

This Aramaic complex is thought to be built by King Parakramabahu (1153-1186).

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Driving Directions to Polonnaruwa Sacred City

Route from Colombo to Polonnaruwa Sacred City

Route from Kandy to Polonnaruwa Sacred City

Though : Ambepussa - Kurunegala - Dambulla
Distance from Colombo :220 km
Travel time : 4.5 hours
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Distance from Colombo : 145 km
Travel time : 3.0 hours
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Route from Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa Sacred City

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Travel time : 2 hours
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