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Sri Lanka / Polonnaruwa / The City
135 miles (216 lan) from Colombo and south east of Anuradhapura is the island's medieval capital. When early in the 11th century AD Anuradhapura suffered one of the worst of its many Indian invasions, Polonnaruwa became the next seat of rule.
Today's ruins, however, belong almost exclusively to the reigns of two kings. The city in its day was fortified with three concentric walls, beautified with parks and gardens and sanctified by many a shrine and sacred place. The city itself, as well as the surrounding plain was watered by a unique irrigational complex known as the Sea of Parakrama-Parakrama Samudra) -so vast was its scale.
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