SRI LANKA TRAVELOGUE – DAY 2 – ANURADHAPURA – LOVAMAHAPAYA

by Antonio Gil March. 07, 2019 492 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 11 months, 3 weeks ago

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

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Antonio Gil Replied to Bethany Plonski 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you Bethany. Not many angle possibilities here smile

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Tim Rogers 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Great pics but I hate those little thieving monkeys 😆

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Antonio Gil Replied to Tim Rogers 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Hahahahaha. They can be a nuisance indeed

11 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Berckmans Peter 11 months, 4 weeks ago

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

11 months, 4 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Berckmans Peter 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Thanks for the motivating words my friend

11 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Abigail Gossage 11 months, 4 weeks ago

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

11 months, 4 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Abigail Gossage 11 months, 4 weeks ago

I've told her exactly the same thing. smile

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Jay Boggess 11 months, 4 weeks 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!

11 months, 4 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Jay Boggess 11 months, 4 weeks 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

11 months, 4 weeks ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Antonio Gil 11 months, 4 weeks ago

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

11 months, 4 weeks ago Edited
Andi Saw 11 months, 4 weeks ago

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

11 months, 4 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Andi Saw 11 months, 4 weeks 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

11 months, 4 weeks ago Edited
Andi Saw Replied to Antonio Gil 11 months, 4 weeks ago

... a little disappointed! 
smile

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Antonio Gil Replied to Andi Saw 11 months, 4 weeks ago

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

11 months, 4 weeks ago Edited
Andi Saw Replied to Antonio Gil 11 months, 4 weeks ago

Ok! I'm happy again! smile

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Camellia Staab 11 months, 4 weeks ago

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

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Antonio Gil Replied to Camellia Staab 11 months, 4 weeks ago

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

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Camellia Staab Replied to Antonio Gil 11 months, 4 weeks ago

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

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Antonio Gil Replied to Camellia Staab 11 months, 4 weeks ago

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

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Russell Smith 11 months, 4 weeks 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 .

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Antonio Gil Replied to Russell Smith 11 months, 4 weeks ago

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

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Laurie Madsen 11 months, 4 weeks ago

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

11 months, 4 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Laurie Madsen 11 months, 4 weeks ago

It's good to have you on board Laurie

11 months, 4 weeks ago Edited
Laurie Madsen Replied to Antonio Gil 11 months, 4 weeks ago

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

11 months, 4 weeks ago Edited
Francesc 11 months, 4 weeks ago

Fantastc set..I love the portraits

11 months, 4 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Francesc 11 months, 4 weeks ago

Thanks dear friend

11 months, 4 weeks ago Edited
Heike 11 months, 4 weeks ago

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

11 months, 4 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Heike 11 months, 4 weeks 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.

11 months, 4 weeks ago Edited
Heike Replied to Antonio Gil 11 months, 4 weeks ago

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

11 months, 4 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Heike 11 months, 4 weeks ago

Thanks dear friend smile

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