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Ancient City of Anuradhapura




At Vessagiri, an old monastic site, are huge rain trees (pithecolobium saman, Sinhala: mara), which are almost as old as the stone work that they shelter. Mara trees line the roads and surround the buildings of the past and the present offering shade to pilgrims who spread their mats beneath the sprawling branches and rest their weary limbs.




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