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Potgul Vihara (The Monastery)

Ancient Central, Sri Lanka.
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Built by King Parakramabahu, Potgul Vihara is situated in southern part of the town. The roof of the monastery has almost collapsed but the sound effects of the round room are still excellent.
Potgul Vihara is also known as the ‘Library Monastery’. Its buildings are grouped on terraces around a central square terrace containing the principal monument, circular shrine or library for scared books.
Potgul Vihara is the modern name but its ancient name has not been established. The superb sculpture, which depicts the art of Polonnaruwa to the visitor, is also unexplained.
Potgul Vihara Monastery lies about 100 yards to the south of the rock sculpture. It is a unique monastery. It is believed that this was built by King Parakramabahu, as mentioned in the chronicle “for listening to the birth stories of the Great Sage, which were related by a teacher”. Today, if you enter the round room, which is plastered, the acoustics are still excellent.

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