This is one of the most famous Dagobas in the whole island, Ruwanweli Seya. It's not big, but it has a long history dating back to the kings who ruled Sri Lanka from Anaradhapura in the 2nd century BC. The site itself is reminiscent of Ayutthaya in Thailand, acres of old stone structures now little more than foundations and rubble. Dotted here and there lie many dagobas. Problem is, to the Western eye, one dagoba looks very much like the next one so you can suffer dagoba fatigue quite quickly. Happily we found some relief in this temple, the 3rd century BC Isurumini Rajamaha Viharaya (sacred rock) and its garishly-painted Buddha images.
|One of Sri Lanka's oldest and most holy dagobas - in Anaradhapura...|
Not terribly interesting to photograph, especially in 35 degree heat.
This was set out at about the same time as ancient Rome. Interesting to compare...
|Next time you grumble about having to repaint a white ceiling, think how these guys must have felt!|
|A small elephant bronze outside the dagoba prayer hall|
|I find that shooting from the side, often using a wide aperture (EF85mm f1.8 lens)|
creates a far stronger separation between subject and background than if shot head on.
|Could be Roman? Again I shot at f1.8 to get minimal depth of focus and to separate the statue from the busy background.|