Ruins of Royal Palace, Polonnaruwa

Arrived at the entrance of the ruins of Royal Palace complex called Vatadage, Polonnaruwa.

City map of Polonnaruwa

City map of Polonnaruwa

Looks like poor vendor was feeding some monkeys at the edge of sanctuary.

A poor vendor was feeding some monkeys at the perking of Royal Palace.

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.

Going to the ruins of Royal Palace

Going to the ruins of Royal Palace

Parakramabahu’s Royal Palace was a magnificent structure measuring 31m by 13m, and is said to have had seven storeys.

The ruins of Royal Palace, Polonnaruwa

The ruins of Royal Palace, Polonnaruwa

Today only some of the 3m-thick walls are left, with holes to hold floor beams for two higher floors.

The Royal Palace of King Perakumba

The Royal Palace of King Perakumba

If the building really had four more levels above these stone walls, they must have been made of wood, says the archeologists.

The Royal Palace was the once grand residence of King Parakramabahu (1153-1186).

The Royal Palace was the once grand residence of King Parakramabahu.

According to the historical records, the Royal Palace had about 1000 rooms, but today you can see only ruins of 55.

Council Chamber remains of Polonnaruwa

Council Chamber remains of Polonnaruwa

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.

Audience Hall of the Royal Palace Complex

Council Chamber of the Royal Palace Complex

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.

Carving stone pillars of Council Chamber of Polonnaruwa

Carving stone pillars of Council Chamber of Polonnaruwa

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.

The epigraph of Council Chamber; This epitaph is better than my explanation.

The epigraph of Council Chamber; This epitaph is better than my explanation.

Leaving the area of Council Chamber for the Royal Bath

The Audience Hall at Parakramabahu’s Royal Palace; Leaving the area of Council Chamber for the Royal Bath

Royal Bath and Rest Place of the King, Polonnaruwa

Royal Bath and Rest Place of the King, Polonnaruwa

The Royal Bath, Polonnaruwa

The Royal Bath, Polonnaruwa

Someone said “It must have been impressive in its time, but now it looks like the bathwater needs changing.”

King’s dressing and rest room on the Royal Bath, Polonnaruwa

King’s dressing and rest room on the Royal Bath, Polonnaruwa

After the ruins of Royal Palece, moved to the Sacred Quadrangle.

Unique sculptures from Royal Palace Complex Polonnaruwa

Unique sculptures from Royal Palace Complex Polonnaruwa

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