Arrived at the entrance of the ruins of Royal Palace complex called Vatadage, Polonnaruwa.
Vatadage is an ancient structure dating back to the Polonnaruwa period of Sri Lanka. It is believed to have been built during the reign of Parakramabahu I (1153-1186) to hold the tooth relic of the Buddha, or during the reign of Nissanka Malla to hold the alms bowl used by the Buddha.
Parakramabahu’s Royal Palace was a magnificent structure measuring 31m by 13m, and is said to have had seven storeys.
Today only some of the 3m-thick walls are left, with holes to hold floor beams for two higher floors.
If the building really had four more levels above these stone walls, they must have been made of wood, says the archeologists.
According to the historical records, the Royal Palace had about 1000 rooms, but today you can see only ruins of 55.
This is the King’s Council Chamber next to the royal palace. It is also known as Raja Vaishyabhujanga Mandapaya. Parakramabahu’s Council Chamber is an ancient meeting place of the ruler’s ministers.
Although the wooden roof of the building is now long gone, you can still see its elegantly carved pillars under which the great king used to be seated and hold council.
The Council chamber is 23m in length and 10m width. There are 4 rows with 12 stone pillars in each raw. Each pillar is decorated with carvings.
Someone said “It must have been impressive in its time, but now it looks like the bathwater needs changing.”
After the ruins of Royal Palece, moved to the Sacred Quadrangle.