Cultural Heritage

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Sri Lanka’s cultural heritage portrays the majestic beauty of the island’s bygone era, which has been influenced by Ceylonese kings, colonial rulers, and the country’s prominent religions, such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity. Its cultural richness has been recognized around the globe, with certain magnificent sites being declared as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Top 10 Cultural Heritage Sites

The island’s most sacred and significant temple, housing the Sacred Tooth Relic of Gautama Buddha.

Also known as the Lion Rock, Sigiriya was built in the 5th-century by King Kashyapa I. The fortress was the capital of the Sinhalese Kingdom until King Kashyapa I was defeated in A.D 495 by Moggallana, his own half-brother.

Walking through the streets of Galle is like walking into history when you soak in the past through its colonial splendor. This small town with a lot of historical buildings will give you a feel of an old European town.

Mihintale is the sacred place where Buddhism was first introduced to the ancient King Devanampiya Tissa.

After drafting Chola invaders who had been ruling Polonnaruwa for half a century, the medieval King Vijayabahu I chose Polonnaruwa as his capital.

A single most beautiful rock temple complex built on top of a 160 meter high rock with magnificent views of the surroundings, including Sigiriya.

Believed to be a miraculous shrine among many devotees, St. Anthony’s church is one of the most interesting shrines in Colombo.

Having produced many great rulers who invented what Sri Lanka is now, Anuradhapura is the one of the main destinations to visit on the island.

Also known as the Red Mosque or Rathu Palliya among locals, this is a unique piece of architecture with its red and white candy-striped brick work.

An amazing architectural masterpiece is the largest parish cathedral in Sri Lanka.