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Anuradhapura

This sacred city was established around a cutting from the 'tree of enlightenment', the Buddha's, brought there in the 3rd century by Sanghamitta, the founder of an order of Buddhist nuns. Anuradhapura, a Ceylonese political and religious capital that flourished for 1,300 years, was abandoned after an invasion in 993. The city, now a World Heritage site, was the center of Theravada Buddhism for many centuries.v

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