Ancient City of Polonnaruwa

CountrySri Lanka
UNESCO RegionAsia and the Pacific
LocationNorth Central Province, Polonnaruva District
CoordinatesN7 54 57 E81 0 2
Inscription Date1982
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo represent a masterpiece of human creative genius
CriteriaTo bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared
CriteriaTo be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions; with ideas; or with beliefs; with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance
All ThreatsLegal framework
All ThreatsManagement systems/ management plan
Unesco Reference Number201
State of Conservation Report
DescriptionPolonnaruwa was the second capital of Sri Lanka after the destruction of Anuradhapura in 993. It comprises, besides the Brahmanic monuments built by the Cholas, the monumental ruins of the fabulous garden-city created by Parakramabahu I in the 12th century.
StatusWorld Heritage Site