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Portuguese Black Fort of Galle – අතීතයේ සැඟවුනු ගාල්ල කළු කොටුව (ස්වාට් බලකොටුව)

The Black Fort of Galle

The Black Fort is the most ancient part of the Galle Fort which was built by the Portuguese. This fort was built in 1588 and was called “Santa Cruz”. After Galle was coneded to Dutch it was known as the “Black Fort” , ” Zwart Fort” or the “Zwart Bastian”.

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Ruins of the Ancient Kaduruwela Vijithapura Fort – කදුරුවෙල විජිතපුර බලකොටුව නටබුණ්

The paddy fields before excavation, recovered artifacts and todays situation

The ruins of the Kaduruwela Fort belonging the pre christian era was discovered in 1979 and excavated in 2010. Based on the dating this is now believed to be the famed Vijithapura Fort.

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Vilathalawa Slag Site in Mahaoya – මහඔය විලතලාව යබොර මණ්ඩිය සහිත පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

The narrow concrete road towards the Wilathalawa Slag Site in Mahaoya

Number of sites where smelting of iron from ore has been carried out has been found in Digamadulla area. The most tell tale indications of smelting of iron are the deposits of slug, a glass like substance which is a by product of the smelting process.

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Tampitiya Reservoir Ancient Bisokotuwa and Sluice in Mahaoya – මහඔය ටැම්පිටිය වැව පුරාණ බිසෝකොටුව සහ සොරොව්ව

Tempitiya Reservoir on the way to Niyandawaragala Archaeological Ruins in Mahaoya

Tempitiya Reservoir is credited to king Saddhatissa (137-119 BC) of Anuradhapura kingdom and said to have been restored by the British in 1838 making it one of the first ancient reservoirs to be restored by the British in the Ampara District.

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Archaeological Ruins of Tempitiya Rajamaha Viharaya in Mahaoya – මහඔය ටැම්පිටිය රජමහා විහාරය පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

A collection of ruins found scattered around the Tempitiya Rajamaha Viharaya site

Tempitiya Rajamaha Viharaya is built upon a ancient Buddhist temple going back to the times of king Saddhatissa (137-119 BC) of Anuradhapura kingdom who was the regional ruler of the Digamadulla Kingdom during the reign of king Dutugemunu.

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Akuloba Archaeological Ruins in Mahaoya – මහඔය අකුල්ඔබ පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Borapola Reservoir on the way to Akuloba

Akuloba is a remote farming village close the newly built Rambaken Oya reservoir. Buddhist ruins of the ancient Digamadulla kingdom have been found on a hillock in Akuloba village.

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Bogamuyaya Weheragala Rock Archaeological Ruins in Mahaoya – මහඔය බෝගමුයාය වෙහෙරගල පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Towards the Bogamuyaya Weheragala Rock in Mahaoya

The Weheragala rock in Bogamuyaya consist of ancient Buddhist ruins including a stupa, granite pillars and many other archaeological artifacts in Mahaoya. The ruins surrounding this hillock was declared as a protected archaeological site by the Government in 2014,

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Malgahaussa Archaeological Ruins in Mahaoya – මහඔය මල්ගහඋස්ස පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Mahaoya - Rambakenoya Road near the Malgahaussa Ruins site

The hillock at Malgahaussa consist of ancient Buddhist ruins including a stupa and granite pillars and many other archaeological artifacts in the Pollebedda area in Mahaoya.

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Weeranthalawa Archaeological Ruins in Mahaoya – මහඔය වීරන්තලාව පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Ruins at Kethsirigama Mihindu Aranya Senasanaya

The hillock at Weeranthalawa consist of ancient Buddhist ruins including a stupa and granite pillars in the Tempitiya area in Mahaoya. The ruins surrounding this hillock was declared as a protected archaeological site by the Government in 2014.

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Niyadawaragala Archaeological Ruins in Mahaoya – මහඔය නියදවරාගල පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Tempitiya Reservoir on the way to Niyandawaragala Archaeological Ruins in Mahaoya

Niyadawaragala is an rocky outcrop with ancient Buddhist ruins bordering Mundeni Aru in Mahaoya. The ruins surrounding this rock was declared as a protected archaeological site by the Government in 2014.

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Namaloya Pitiya Kella Archaeological Ruins in Dehiattakandiya – දෙහිඅත්තකන්ඩිය නාමල්ඔය පිටියේ කෑල්ල පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

The road to Namaloya Pitiya Kella Archaeological Ruins from the Dehiattakandiya - Dimbulagala road along the left canal of the Paragas Reservoir

Sediments of stone tools of pre historic era have been discovered on a rocky plain called “Namaloya Pitiye Kella” in the area known as Ridi Ela (Rideela / Ridee Ela) in Dehiattakandiya. This area was declared as a protected archaeological site by the Government on the Gazette issued on 10th October 2014

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Bakmeedeniya Purana Viharaya Archaeological Ruins in Dehiattakandiya – දෙහිඅත්තකන්ඩිය බක්මීදෙනිය පුරාණ විහාරය සහ පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

The concrete paved path to Dehiattakandiya Bakmeedeniya Purana Viharaya Archaeological Ruins

Bakmeedeniya Purana Viharaya is an old temple in the Bakmeedeniya village in Dehiattakandiya. Archaeologists have discovered sediments of stone tools of pre historic era in the temple premises and this area was declared as a protected archaeological site by the Government

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Hungamalagama Sri Jayasundararamaya and Archaeological Ruins in Dehiattakandiya – දෙහිඅත්තකන්ඩිය හුංගමාලගම ශ්‍රී ජයසුන්දරාරාමය සහ පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

The turn off to the Hungamalagama Village from the Dehiattakandiya - Dimbulagala Road

This temple is built on top of a ancient monastery with its ruins consisting of drip ledged caves with inscriptions and ruins of ancient buildings are still visible today.

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Hungamalagama Archaeological Site in Dehiattakandiya – දෙහිඅත්තකන්ඩිය හුංගමාලගම පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

The turn off to the Hungamalagama Village from the Dehiattakandiya - Dimbulagala Road

The rocky outcrop known as “Pirith Kiyu Gala” (Pirithkiyu Gala) close to the Sri Jayasumanaramaya Viharaya in Hungamalagama consist of drip ledged caves with inscriptions, ruins of ancient buildings including parts of granite pillars and signs of crucibles.

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Sandamadula Archaeological Site in Dehiattakandiya – දෙහිඅත්තකන්ඩිය සඳමදුල පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Paddy fields of Sandamadula where the Archaeological Site lies

A location where ancient sediments of pottery with brick layering in a paddy field bordering Kuda Oya in Sandamadula which was declared as a protected archaeological site in 2010.

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Samanalathenna Arnaya and the Archaeological Site – දෙහිඅත්තකන්ඩිය සමනලතැන්න ආරණ්‍ය හා පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

The Rock pool at the Samanalathenna Aranya

Located at the foot of the Samanalathenna mountain range, ruins of ancient buildings, ponds and a stupa at the Samanalathenna Forest Hermitage in Dehiaththakandiya is believed to be belonging to the Polonnaruwa era (11th – 13th centuries).

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Thuwaragala Archaeological Site – දෙහිඅත්තකන්ඩිය තුවාරගල පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Turn off to the Thuwaragala Archaeological Site

Evidence of iron smelting in the ancient times in the agricultural village known as Thuwaragala in Dehiaththakandiya. The site at which remains of stone pillars and a site scattered with slag found in Thuwaragala was declared as a protected archaeological monument in 2014.

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Ranhelagama Ellekotella Archaeological Site – දෙහිඅත්තකන්ඩිය රන්හෙලගම පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Lush paddy fields of Ellekotella

Ruins of part of a ancient Buddhist monastery lies in the area known as Ranhelagama Ellekotella village in Dehiaththakandiya. Stone pillars and ruins of an building can be found at this village on the borders of Mahaweli River.

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Nawamedagama Archaeological Site – Dehiattakandiya – දෙහිඅත්තකන්ඩිය නවමැදගම පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Massive granite pillars in the surrounding jungles at the Silumina Seya of Aralaganwila

Ruins of part of a ancient Buddhist monastery lies in the area known as Nawamedagama in Dehiaththakandiya. The whole area is now a large paddy field and only remains are few stone pillars in the middle

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Paranapansalwatta Archaeological Site – Dehiattakandiya – දෙහිඅත්තකන්ඩිය පරණ පන්සල්වත්ත පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

More dripledge caves — Bingoda Ruins at Govinda Hela

The ruins of the ancient Buddhist monastery which lies in the area known as Paranapansalwatta in Muwapetigewela was declared as a protected archaeological monument by the Gazette issued on 10th October 2014.

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Kudagala “Punchi Sigiriya” Archaeological Site – කුඩාගල පුංචි සීගිරිය පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

View from the main cave — at Kudagala in Dehiaththakandiya

Kudagala is a rock formation in the Dehiattakandiya close to a another huge rocky outcrop which has some resemblance to Sigiriya. In 1968 Professor Senarath Paranavithana explored this site and recorded of walls adorned with frescoes similar to Sigiri Frescoes at this site.

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Henanigala Peranigama Archaeology Site – Dehiattakandiya – දෙහිඅත්තකන්ඩිය හේනානිගල පැරණිගම පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

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The ruins of Henanigala Peranigama was declared as a protected archaeological monument by the Gazette issued on 10th October 2014, and describes the location of as follows ; “Peranigama Archaeology Site lies on rock with the evidence of pre historic

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Ruins at 19th Post at Polonnaruwa – 19 කණුව පුරාවිද්‍යා ස්ථානය

Ruins at the 19th post - An ancient stupa resembling a mound of earth

The ruins identified as the “19th post ruins” on a regular archaeological board lies between Polonnaruwa and Kaduruwela, about 1.7 km from the Polonnaruwa clock tower.

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Swastika Pokuna in Ancient city of Polonnaruwa – ස්වස්තික පොකුණ – පොලොන්නරුව පුරාණ අගනගරය

Swastika Pokuna at Polonnaruwa destroyed by treasure hunters

Lying inside the inner city with the Palace Complex, passing the Royal Court of King Parakramabahu you can reach this Kumara Pokuna pond made out of stone slabs. This tank has been used during the period of King Parakramabahu ( 1153-1186).

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Mahaweli Floodplains National Park – මහවැලි පිටාර තැන්න ජාතික වනෝද්‍යානය

Kumana National Park

Size 17,350 hectares Main attractions Birds, Elephants and other wildlife The Floodplains National Park was established in 1984 as one of the 4 National Parks established under the Mahaweli Project. It  spans the Mahaweli Ganga in Polonnaruwa district in the North

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Wasgamuwa National Park – වස්ගමුව ජාතික වනෝද්‍යානය

Wasgamuwa National Park

Size 37,062 hectares Main attractions Large herds of Elephants, spotted Deer, Sambhur, Barking deer and Langur, Wild Bow, Crocodiles, Water Buffalo, Peacocks and many migratory birds. The Wasgamuwa National Park lies within the Polonnaruwa and Matale Districts. Its eastern boundary is

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Somawathi National Park – සෝමාවතී ජාතික වනෝද්‍යානය

Somawathi National Park

Size 37,645.5 hectares Main attractions Large herds of Elephants, Deer, Wild boar, Bear, Birds and Fish The Somawathi National Park is one of the four national parks set aside under the Mahaweli River development project. The other three national parks

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Minneriya National Park – මින්නේරිය ජාතික වනෝද්‍යානය

Minneriya National Park

Situated 182 km from Colombo, Minneriya National Park is dominated by the Minneriya tank. This is another park where you will find the Elephants in large numbers.

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Maduru Oya National Park – මාදුරු ඔය ජාතික වනෝද්‍යානය

On the way to Maduru Oya National Park - road between Aralaganwila and Maduru Oya

Maduru Oya National Park is located 314km away from Colombo in the Dry zone and is well known for its elephant habitat.

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Kaudulla National Park – කවුඩුල්ල ජාතික වනෝද්‍යානය

Kaudulla National Park

Size 6,900 hectares Main attraction Large herds of Elephants, Deer, Sambur, Wild boar, Leoperdm Bear, Birds and Fish Situated about 190 km from Colombo, Kaudulla National Park is dominated by the Kaudulla Tank built by the sister of the famous

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Henanigala Raja Maha Viharaya – Dehiattakandiya – හේනානිගල රජමහා විහාරය – දෙහිඅත්තකන්ඩිය

5 feet tall Balustrades at the entrance to the Image House - Senanigala (Henanigala) Raja Maha Vihara - Dehiattakandiya

Henanigala Raja Maha Viharaya ( sometimes referred as Senanigala Raja Maha Viharaya) is a temple complex believed to be one of the 64 temples built by King Kawanthissa in the 3rd Century BC.  Due to the strategic location, the temple

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Pulligoda [2] – Dimbulagala Raja Maha Vihara & Forgotten frescoes at Pulligoda Galge

Pulligoda galge frescos Dimbulagala

Can you tell us where the Pulligoda Galge is? We kept asking bystanders on reaching Dimbulagala 16 kilometres south east of Polonnaruwa. Nobody seemed to have heard of it before and that’s how we met Lionel Mendis a retired employee

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Pulligoda Galge Frescoes – පුල්ලිගොඩ ගල්ගේ සිතුවම්

Frescoes at Pulligoda

Five and a half kilometers south of Dimbulagala temple are the little known Pulligoda galge frescos. Crossing a delightful little lake named Hitcha Pitcha wewa, and circuiting the changing range-scape of Dimbulagala, an unsealed road leads you to this lonely

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Namal Pokuna Aramic Complex at Dimbulagala – දිඹුලාගල නාමල් පොකුණ ආරන්‍යය

A stone oil lamp? Dimbulagala Namal Pokuna Aramic Complex

Dimbulagala Namal Pokuna is an ancient armaic complex lying on a peaceful undisturbed rocky outcrop close to the Popular Dimbulagala Temple. Probably part of the same complex in the ancient times

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Kandegama Kanda Lena Viharaya – කන්දේගම කන්ද ලෙන් විහාරය

The Buddha image vandalized by Treasure Hunters at Kandegama Kanda Len Viharaya

Kandegama Kanda Lena Viharaya (Cave Temple)  Ruins lies about 25-30 kilometers away from Dimbulagala on the road toward the Maduru Oya Reservoir. The road runs through a canopy of green trees south east from Dimbulagala passing through sleepy Mahaweli settlements.

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Giritale Wewa Reservoir – ගිරිතලේ වැව

Sun setting over Giritale Tank

Giritale Wewa does not aspire to No. 1 and No. 2 nor (may be) to subsequent reservoirs, by way of the area covered, leaving those priority places to reservoirs as Minneriya Wewa and Parakrama Samudra but if one were to give it a priority place by way of fabled history that could turn out to be factual too, Giritale Wewa comes somewhere among the top.

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Dimbulagala Raja maha Viharaya – දිඹුලාගල රජමහා විහාරය

Dimbulagala Raja maha Viharaya

About 12 miles to the east of the ancient kingdom Polonnaruwa on the east side of the Mahaweli is situated at the beautiful hilly range – Dimbulagala. In our ancient Pali texts this range is referred to as Udumbara –

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Pothgul Vehera (Polonnaruwa) – පොත්ගුල් වෙහෙර

Remains of the Pothgul Vehera in Polonnaruwa

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.

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Places of Interest in Polonnaruwa

Thivanka Image House - before restoration – photo taken on late 1800′s or early 1900′s

Alahana Privena  Atadage  Badda Sema Malakaya Dalada Maluwa Demala Maha Seya (Stupa of Tamils) Deepa Uyana Eastern Entrance to the Inner City Gal Viharaya (Rock Temple) Gal-potha (Stone Book) Gopala Pabbatha Hetadage Image of Boddhisathwa Kiri Vehera Kuda Gal Viharaya

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Shiva Devalaya (no. 5) – ශිව දේවාලය (අංක 5)

Thivanka Image House - before restoration – photo taken on late 1800′s or early 1900′s

This large devalaya, a place of worship for Hindus and Buddhists has been partially restored and has two main devalas for god Vishnu and god Shiva. Inside the devala you will see a Virgina and a “Shiva Linga” (penis of god Shiva) , both items of worship can bee seen.

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Naipena Viharaya – Vishnu Devala (number 4) නයි පෙන විහාරය – විෂ්නු දේවාලය (අංක 4)

Ruins of the Nai Pena viharaya

This Devala identified as Vishnu Devala (number 4) and also known as Naipena Viharaya has been a place of worship for God Vishnu by the Hindus.

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Thivanka Image House [2] – තිවංක පිලිම ගෙය

Thivanka Image House - before restoration – photo taken on late 1800′s or early 1900′s

If you are looking for ancient art in Polonnaruwa I suggest you take a drive to the Tivanka Pilimage or the Tivanka Image house. or the Northern Temple of H.C.P.Bell.

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Thivanka Pilimage (Image House) – තිවංක පිලිම ගෙය

Thivanka Image House - before restoration – photo taken on late 1800′s or early 1900′s

Thivanka Pilimage was built by King Parakramabahu (1153-1186) and since the 8 meter tall image of Buddha has been curved in 3 places, this has been given the name “Thivanka” which literally means three curves.

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Nelum Pokuna (Lotus Pond) at Polonnaruwa Kingdom – නෙලුම් පොකුණ

Nelum Pokuna (Lotus Pond)

The Nelum pokuna or the Lotus bath is a small stone bath of completely unique design, built in tiers of eight petalled lotuses in descending form.

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Gal Viharaya (Rock Temple) at Ancient Capital of Polonnaruwa – ගල් විහාරය

Gal Viharaya - Polonnaruwa

Gal Viharaya of Polonnaruwa is a magnificent group of statues of Buddha carved in a rock built by king Parakramabahu (1153-1186) which was part of the Uthararama Complex.

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Kiri Vehera at Polonnaruwa – කිරි වෙහෙර

Polonnaruwa Kiri Vehera

This large stupa known as the Kiri Vehera of Polonnaruwa, lying north of Lankathilaka Pilima Ge is said to be built by a queen of king Parakramabahu (1153-1186) called “Subadra”.

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Lankathilaka Image House at Polonnaruwa – ලංකාතිලක පිලිමගෙය – පොලොන්නරුව

Lankatilaka Image House of Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa Lankathilaka Image House is a monolithic Buddha image house built by king Parakramabahu (1153-1186) lying on the South of Kiri Vehera.

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Kuda Gal Viharaya at Polonnaruwa Ancient City – කුඩා ගල් විහාරය

Kuda Gal Viharaya main Cave

On the east to the Badda Sema Malakaya you can see a cave with a carved statue of Buddha. This known as the Kuda Gal Viharaya or the lesser rock temple.

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Badda Sema Malakaya at Ancient Capital of Polonnaruwa – බද්ධ සීමා මාලකය

Badda Sema Malakaya at Ancient Capital of Polonnaruwa

The Baddhasima Malakaya, also known as the Buddha Seema Pasada, was built by Parakramabahu 1 (1153-1186) on the highest platform at the Alahena Pirivena.

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Alahana Pirivena of Polonnaruwa – ආලාහන පිරිවෙණ

Alahana Privena

Alahana Pirivena is the great monastic complex founded by Parakramabahu 1 (1153-1186), said to be built on a cremation ground, hence the name Alahana Pirivena.

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