Sri Lanka Photos
April-June 2000 Visit
The Ancient City of Pollonaruwa:
Because of the change in my schedule, I took a few hours and toured the ancient city sites in Pollonaruwa. These are a few of the many beautiful images. (I apologize for the size; it is a trade-off between viewability and loading time.)
These images show the deep roots of the Sinhalese civilization in Sri
Lanka. I am looking forward to making a similar tour of Tamil sites
in the future.
01: A modern Buddha, at a crossroads in Pollonaruwa's new city.
03: Beautiful rice paddies, surrounding a huge human-made ancient
lake. (Remember: this is called the "Dry Zone"!)
07: Royal Palace ruins (3 stories of what was a 7 story structure)
08: A stairway leading to the Council Chambers, with a moonstone
at the base of the stairs.
17: A better view of the moonstone at the base of the steps. One of the best preserved examples of a moonstone anywhere in Asia... and they still allow people to walk on it!!!
09: Detail of carving on a pillar...
14: An impressive sight: beautiful carving, with guardian stones
at base of carved stairway with moonstone.
16: The Lotus Pool sanctuary: the columns are carved like
the stems of lotus flowers. The ceiling was supposed to look like
lotus flowers -- seen from the bottom. The effect was to be looking
up from the bottom of a lotus pond.
19: Another royal hall of some kind (not many windows in their structures).
20: The third largest stupa in Sri Lanka. (In case you are wondering, the two women who appear in these pictures are my local Sarvodaya guide... and her chaperone.)
21: The following three images of Buddha are in a line. They are three of the best stone carvings of Buddhas anywhere in the world. Notice how the grain in the stone carries through each carving.
22: This standing Buddha is unusual for its hand positions, and for the slight bend in the hips, more common in carvings of females.
23: The detail on this reclining Buddha is amazing; the pillow where is his resting his head is slightly indented.