|UNESCO #200 - Lake Basawakkulaqma, Anuradhapura - SRI LANKA|
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Sacred City of Anuradhapura - SRI LANKA - UNESCO #200
The sixth postcard I've received from Sri Lanka shows the sacred city (and for many centuries lost in the jungle) of Anuradhapura and the lake Basawakkulama on a magical late afternoon descending sun. I can't find words to thank you Du for taking some time from your vacations to write me all those cards, hopefully the final two will arrive soon. Well let's do the math... with this 6 amazing cards I now have 91 UNESCO sites in my collection, only 890 finish. This postcard took 15 days to arrive!
This sacred city was established around a cutting from the 'tree of enlightenment', the Buddha's fig tree, brought there in the 3rd century B.C. by Sanghamitta, the founder of an order of Buddhist nuns. Anuradhapura, a Ceylonese political and religious capital that flourished for 1,300 years, was abandoned after an invasion in 993. Hidden away in dense jungle for many years, the splendid site, with its palaces, monasteries and monuments, is now accessible once again.