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[From the blurred] signage number 51 at the site: “Although known as Satmahal Prāsāda, the ancient name or other facts of this edifice are not known… there is a reference in the Mahavamsa that King Parākrāmabāhu the Great (1153-1186 AD) built a Satmahal Prāsāda in Polonnaruva but no positive evidence that it is this building. Built in the stepped pyramidal form, this seven-storied structure may be a stupa of a rare kind. It bears a close similarity to the stupa at Wat Kukut [Wat Chama Devi] in northern Thailand.” Some suggest that it was King Nissankamalla (1187-1196) who built this edifice. It has also been suggested that Cambodian soldiers present in the army during the Polonnnaruva period erected it for their religious practices. It is one of four stupas in a square shape found in one of Sri Lanka's ancient cities.