The royal Palace is located in the Polonnaruwa District of the North Central Province of Sri Lanka. Built as a seven-storey building by King Parakramabahu the Great (1153-1186), there are now only three floors. This place is considered to be the palace of King Parakramabahu the Great. The palace was called Vijayotpaya or Vijayantha Prasad (Name of the Temple of the Sacred God). Since this building has seven storeys, it is also known as ‘Sunthambumapaaya’ (Sinhala). It took seven years and seven months to build the building. The Rooms Adventure reports that there are 1,000 rooms, but today you can see only 55 ruins. The building is made of thick brick walls. You can still see the remaining two holes in the wall to retain the structure of the wooden floor. You have to climb a few steps and go to the palace premises. The central area reserved for the king and its width and length is 100 feet. Parakumabha’s palace was destroyed and burned by the invading “Maga” (1215-1212) of the South Indians. In addition to the main building, there are ruins of smaller buildings. The site is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Royal Palace of King Parakramabahu
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