|Province||North Central Province|
|Established||4th century BC|
|• Type||Municipal Council|
|• City||7,179 km2 (2,772 sq mi)|
|• Urban||36 km2 (14 sq mi)|
|Elevation||81 m (266 ft)|
|• Density||2,314/km2 (5,990/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Sri Lanka Standard Time Zone(UTC+5:30)|
Anuradhapura (Sinhalese: අනුරාධපුරය ; Tamil: அனுராதபுரம்) is a major city in Sri Lanka. It is the capital city of North Central Province, Sri Lanka and the capital of Anuradhapura District. Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins of ancient Sri Lankan civilization. It was the third capital of the Kingdom of Rajarata, following the kingdoms of Tambapanni and Upatissa Nuwara.
The city, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was the center of Theravada Buddhism for many centuries. The city lies 205 km (127 mi) north of the current capital Colombo in Sri Lanka's North Central Province, on the banks of the historic Malvathu Oya. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and one of the eight World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka.
It is believed that from the fourth century BC until t
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