Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, Anuradhapura

Look upon the awesome structure of Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, among the tallest stupas in the ancient world. Standing 400 feet (122 m), the mound-like structure utilizes a whopping 93.3 million baked bricks. Set in an ancient Buddhist monastery, the building likely dates back to the 4th and 5th centuries BCE--and supposedly houses a sash that was tied by the Buddha himself. Conservation efforts are slowly underway here; you may notice trees growing from the temple itself, evidence of years of neglect. Walk around the site, taking in the intricate stone carvings and reclining Buddha. You'll need to take off your shoes to visit; bring some socks to navigate the hot stone ground, and wear long pants or a skirt. To find out how to plan a trip to Anuradhapura, use our trip itinerary maker.
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  • This is one of the key stupa's that is aligned with the Orion Belt. It is second biggest structure in world next to Biggest Pyramid in Giza. read the review of Ruwanweliseya my explanation is there ab...  more »
  • This is the tallest and largest of the stupas in Anuradhapura. Originally it was 400fy high. It is a world heritage monument. It has a long history with the first Sinhala Buddhist king who built the s...  more »
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  • Jethawanaramaya is a Buddhist Stupa which was built by the king Mahasen around 2000 years back. One time it was the third tallest building in the planet. The best time to go there is during the sun set. Otherwise it is hard to walk over the premises due to heat.
  • Built 276 – 303 CE by king Mahasen. One of the world’s biggest brick structures. Amazing site to visit. It’s truly an architectural marvel. Calm place to spend hours relaxing. Only visit in the mornings and evenings. Noon it’s extremely hot. Difficult walk on top of the stone tiled floor.
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