Anuradhapura, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, is situated some 90 kilometers Northwest of Villa Arcadia.
The City is famous for its rich collection of archaeological and architectural wonders under UNESCO protection: enormous dagobas, soaring brick towers, ancient pools and temple ruins, built during Anuradhapura’s thousand years of rule over Sri Lanka.
The dagobas are bell-shaped masses of masonry of up to 340 meters in circumference. Some of them contain enough masonry to build a town for twenty-five thousand inhabitants.
The most famous of the monastic buildings is the Brazen Palace erected by King Dutugamunu about 164 B.C.