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Title
Ālāhana Parivena: Signage number 73: Monastic Hospital Complex
Creator
de Silva, Preethi
Date Created and/or Issued
2016
Publication Information
Claremont Colleges Library
Contributing Institution
Claremont Colleges Library
Collection
Ancient Cultural Sites and Royal Residences
Rights Information
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License - http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Description
Ground plan of the area to the southeast of the Ālāhana Parivena, with the correct orientation of the hospital complex. The text of the signage: "Having an extent of 35 hectares, this is the largest monastery complex in Polonnaruva extending from here to Rankot vehera. Established by King Parākramabāhu the Great (1153-1186 AD), the name suggests that the site had been a former cremation ground which has been confirmed by archeological excavations carried out here in several places. It is believed that the small stupas here were built on the cremation sites of prelates or of Royalty. The monastery has a terraced layout. Kiri Vehera, Lankatilaka Image House, Baddhasima Prasada and the small stupas (some of them crematory stupas) are located on the two upper terraces, while the monastic hospital, ponds and hundreds of resident monks’ cells are located on the lower terraces."
Type
image
Format
image/jp2
Identifier
acs01461.jpg
http://ccdl.claremont.edu/cdm/ref/collection/p15831coll15/id/1565
Subject
Signs and signboards
Time Period
12th century CE
Place
Hospital Complex
Polonnaruva
Sri Lanka
Relation
Ancient Buddhist Sites and Royal Residences in Sri Lanka - https://ccdl.claremont.edu/digital/collection/p15831coll15

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