Thuparama Image House of the Polonnaruwa Ancient Kingdom – ථූපාරාම පිළිම ගෙය

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Thuparama Image House

Thuparama Image House

The Thuparama Image House at the ancient capital of Polonnaruwa  is one of the few buildings where you can see a roof completely made out of bricks. Almost the whole building has survived over 900 years miraculously. The roof is a semi-cylindrical in shape. The original name of this image house is not known; therefore the builder of this is also unknown. It is thought that this was built by a minister of King Parakramabahu (1153-1186) called Mahinda to house the tooth relic. Another belief is that this was built by king Vijayabahu I (1070-1110).

The walls of this building are about 7 feet (2 meters) thick and inside a large seating Buddha statue has been kept. Nothings remain of this statue today. It is said that the eyes of this Buddha statue was embedded with precious stones and the windows were designed in such a manner the sunlight would reflect on these stones and light the image house.

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A conjectural construction of the Thuparama Image House

A conjectural construction of the Thuparama Image House
Source : Sinhalese Monastic Architecture: The Viháras of Anurádhapura

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Photos before restoration from www.imagesofceylon.com

Thuparama Image House in late 1800's or early 1900's

Thuparama Image House in late 1800’s or early 1900’s

Thuparama Image House in late 1800's or early 1900's

Thuparama Image House in late 1800’s or early 1900’s

Thuparama Image House in late 1800's or early 1900's

Thuparama Image House in late 1800’s or early 1900’s

Map of Thuparama Image House at Polonnaruwa

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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
Driving directions : see on google map
Through : Matale - Dambulla - Habarana
Distance from Colombo : 145 km
Travel time : 3.0 hours
Driving Directions : see on google maps

Route from Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa Sacred City

Route from Batticaloa to Polonnaruwa Sacred City

Though : Maradankadawala - Habarana Distance from colombo : 105 km
Travel time : 2 hours
Driving directions : see on google map
Though : Chenkaladi - Valachchena
Distance from colombo :100 km
Travel time : 1.5 hours
Driving directions : see on google map

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