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Thuparama Image House

Polonnaruwa, Polonnaruwa, Ancient Central, Sri Lanka.
Location : Polonnaruwa
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The Thuparama is a large Buddhist image house and is one of the few buildings where you can see a roof completely made out of bricks. Almost the whole building as survived over 900 years miraculously. The roof is a semi-cylindrical in shape.
The original name of this image house is not known; therefore the builder of this is also unknown. It is thought that this was built by a minister of King Parakramabahu (1153-1186) called Mahinda to house the tooth relic. Another belief is that this was built by King Vijayabahu I (1070-1110).
This oblong brick image house occupies the southwest corner of the adjoining quadrangle. Inside the building, in the inner sanctum, is a ruined brick and plaster pile that was once a seated image of the Buddha. The original vaulted roof of the building is still intact. Tropical rains run down the curve of the roof, and like the gargoyles of medieval Europe, Makara (dragon) spouts drain the water to the ground.

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