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The Quadrangle

Ancient Central, Sri Lanka.
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Situated in the heart of Polonnaruwa, a few yards northwest of the Siva Devale, the complex is known as the Quadrangle. Some of the most magnificent monuments of Polonnaruwa (about 12) are clustered in this enclosure called the Quadrangle.
There is the Atadage, a rectangular building, still clearly defined by the 54 columns that rise up on all sides with steps leading up to it. This was the original Tooth Temple where the relic of the Buddha’s tooth was kept during ancient times.
Gal Potha, also known as the Book of Stone is a carved inscription, apparently praising Nissanka Malla who succeeded Parakramabahu and was responsible for the construction of at least some of the buildings in the Quadrangle. The stone is a massive 8m by 4m.
The Vatadage is precisely circular and while it has now lost its upper floors, it remains the most impressive building in the Quadrangle. The Hatadage succeeded the Atadage as the resting place of the Tooth Relic and seems very similar to the Atadage in structure, albeit a larger version.
Sathmahal Pasada is a seven-storey four-sided pyramidal looking building with a strong feeling of a temple. The Thuparamaya is an image house or temple for worshipping the Buddha.

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