Dambulla cave temple temporarily closed

History Society

The archaeological advisory board of Sri Lanka has decided to temporarily close down the historic Rangiri Dalule Cave temple in Sri Lanka, declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Local and foreign tourists will be closed until the cave complex is re-informed.

A sacred pilgrimage site for 22 centuries, this cave monastery, with its five sanctuaries, is the largest, best-preserved cave-temple complex in Sri Lanka. The Buddhist mural paintings (covering an area of 2,100 m2 ) are of particular importance, as are the 157 statues.

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