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Panapitiya Ambalama

Panapitiya, Ancient Central, Sri Lanka.
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The Panapitiya Ambalama is a modest wooden structure standing in a clearing of flat land bordering a stretch of paddy fields. It features a wealth of wooden wonder, with carvings covering almost every available space.
The pillars holding the humble roof of this abode are abundantly decorated. The nine inner pillars some six feet in height are profusely carved and exquisitely carved rectangular squares halfway on the pillars show off mythical creatures, floral designs and scenes from everyday life including wrestlers, musicians, dancers, acrobats, persons greeting each other, persons chatting, etc. The corner pillars feature grandiose capitals, while the 19 pillars that form the outer posts are less elaborately carved.
The woodwork of the roof consists of beams, posts and rafters of exceptional wooden ornamentation, with processions of animals, mythical creatures, peraheras with musicians, snakes in twisted combat and demigods.
The Panapitiya Ambalama has been dated to the 18th century. The Department of Archaeology has renovated and restored it. It is believed that the ambalama may have stood as a rest hall en route to an ancient footpath leading from Dambadeniya to Kurunegala and Yapahuwa.

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