SRI LANKA TRAVELOGUE – DAY 2 – ANURADHAPURA – LOVAMAHAPAYA

by Antonio Gil March. 07, 2019 417 views
Too hot to work – Teresa's picture

Too hot to work – Teresa's picture

Asking for alms – Teresa's picture

Asking for alms – Teresa's picture

Lovamahapaya - The Brazen Temple ruins

Lovamahapaya - The Brazen Temple ruins

♫♫ Sri Lankan Folk Music /Ranwala Balakaya Muththa Awith Song ♫♫

Lovamahapaya in Sri Lanka, also known as the Brazen Palace or Lohaprasada, is a set of ruins with hundreds and hundreds of stone pillars that lie between the stupa Ruvanvelisaya and the Great Bodhi Tree of Anuradhapura. This is the location of a once mighty nine storied monastic structure built by the King Dutugemmunu in the 2nd century BC.

The building is supposed to have included a refectory, assembly hall and chapter house, and the roof was covered in bronze tiles. Lovamahapaya was a massive nine storied building with a height of 150 ft (47 meters) and each side with a 150 feet (46 meters) length. The building was supported by 40 rows of stone pillars with 40 pillars which totaled 1600 pillars. In each level there were 1000 rooms and 100 windows. The building of Lovamahapaya was adorned with corals and precious stones. Its roof was covered with copper-bronze plates (hence the name ‘Brazen palace’).

Superstructure of the Lovamahapaya probably would have been wood and the height of this building deceased with time. This building was destroyed by fire during king Saddhatissa (137-119 BC) and it was built to seven stories. King Sirinaga II (240-242 AC) restored this building again to five levels. King Jettatissa (266-276 AC) once again raised the size of the building to seven levels.

The small building that now stands in the veritable forest of pillars is a modern chapter house currently being used by the Maha Vihara monastic order.

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Bethany Plonski 8 months ago

What an interesting place! I like the edits in #6, gives it a completely different sense of mood.

8 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Bethany Plonski 8 months ago

Thank you Bethany. Not many angle possibilities here smile

8 months ago Edited
Tim Rogers 8 months, 1 week ago

Great pics but I hate those little thieving monkeys 😆

8 months, 1 week ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Tim Rogers 8 months, 1 week ago

Hahahahaha. They can be a nuisance indeed

8 months, 1 week ago Edited
Berckmans Peter 8 months, 1 week ago

Again a good series. Love the architecture and the style of edit. Well done my friend

8 months, 1 week ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Berckmans Peter 8 months, 1 week ago

Thanks for the motivating words my friend

8 months, 1 week ago Edited
Abigail Gossage 8 months, 1 week ago

I have noticed that Teresa’s images are always good!  Maybe she should get her own blog😃

8 months, 1 week ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Abigail Gossage 8 months, 1 week ago

I've told her exactly the same thing. smile

8 months, 1 week ago Edited
Jay Boggess 8 months, 1 week ago

Must have been fascinating to be around such ancient remains....
Hard to imagine all the goings on that transpired there, over the centuries.....
Very nice camera work by both of you in this series, as is always the case...
Thanks for sharing all your amazing adventures with us, of places most of us would never have seen, otherwise!
The captions and musical videos always round out the presentations, so nicely!
Bravo!

8 months, 1 week ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Jay Boggess 8 months, 1 week ago

And you're going to see much more my friend, if you have the patience to look at my blogs smile Thank you so much for your words Jay. I will tell Teresa

8 months, 1 week ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Antonio Gil 8 months, 1 week ago

I'm always keen to see everything you all have to offer!!!
Give Teresa my best regards!
Cheers!

8 months, 1 week ago Edited
Andi Saw 8 months, 1 week ago

Monkey!!!
How cute. 
Did you touch/hold/cuddle one?

8 months, 1 week ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Andi Saw 8 months, 1 week ago

Are you crazy? These are wild creatures not dogs. You should see one of these when it's angry. smile They will bite you without flinching

8 months, 1 week ago Edited
Andi Saw Replied to Antonio Gil 8 months, 1 week ago

... a little disappointed! 
smile

8 months, 1 week ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Andi Saw 8 months, 1 week ago

I will show you some nice creatures to cuddle further on - like a giant monitor lizard smile

8 months, 1 week ago Edited
Andi Saw Replied to Antonio Gil 8 months, 1 week ago

Ok! I'm happy again! smile

8 months, 1 week ago Edited
Camellia Staab 8 months, 1 week ago

It looks hot. Nice contrast between the monk's clothing and the jeans/pants people are wearing the background.

8 months, 1 week ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Camellia Staab 8 months, 1 week ago

It was rather hot. And we had to walk barefoot smile

8 months, 1 week ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Antonio Gil 8 months, 1 week ago

Ok you can't just leave it at that...why barefoot? Because you were going into the monastery, out of respect?

8 months, 1 week ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Camellia Staab 8 months, 1 week ago

This is a holy city and we were not allowed to use shoes out of respect. So, barefoot it is. smile

8 months, 1 week ago Edited
Russell Smith 8 months, 1 week ago

Another great series of images. Thank you for the history of this location. Can you imagine how difficult it would have been to build a 9 story structure back then. It honestly amazes me .

8 months, 1 week ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Russell Smith 8 months, 1 week ago

I never cease to amaze me with ancient buildings like these. Thanks Russel

8 months, 1 week ago Edited
Laurie Madsen 8 months, 1 week ago

Super Interesting!
Nice set! Thanks again for sharing! I get to travel with you...

8 months, 1 week ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Laurie Madsen 8 months, 1 week ago

It's good to have you on board Laurie

8 months, 1 week ago Edited
Laurie Madsen Replied to Antonio Gil 8 months, 1 week ago

Thank you! I'm enjoying the adventure! You are a great guide!

8 months, 1 week ago Edited
Francesc 8 months, 1 week ago

Fantastc set..I love the portraits

8 months, 1 week ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Francesc 8 months, 1 week ago

Thanks dear friend

8 months, 1 week ago Edited
Heike 8 months, 1 week ago

It must have been once a very impressing building, but somehow it does not really look very inviting...It looks all so closed.

8 months, 1 week ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Heike 8 months, 1 week ago

This is not one of my best posts I must confess, but I have to show the different aspects of this holy city. And you're right, it was closed indeed.

8 months, 1 week ago Edited
Heike Replied to Antonio Gil 8 months, 1 week ago

No worries, you only can show what you saw...and without access it's difficult to choose exciting perspectives. smiley

8 months, 1 week ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Heike 8 months, 1 week ago

Thanks dear friend smile

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