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Anuradhapura, the first capital of Sri Lanka, was growing with power and prosperity for more than 1500 years. This city whose antecedents can be traced back to 6th Century BC, spawned a novel culture based on Buddhism that made its advent here in 3rd Century BC. Holding pride of place among the mammoth archaeological sites in the world, Anuradhapura was not only the capital but the city most related to the development of Buddhism. Comprising gigantic temple complexes as the Maha Vihara, Jethavana, Abhayagiri and inner city spreading across about 200 acres, the city’s archaeological remains span about 14 sq. miles. These include some ruins of great architectural value and exquisite pieces of sculpture. Anuradhapura was declared as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1982.

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Sri Lanka National Commission for UNESCO (SLNCU) is the government arm of implementing UNESCO Agenda in Sri Lanka. This Commission established on 14th November 1949, comes under the Ministry of Education. There are 35 members in the General Assembly, including representatives of relevant ministries and national bodies concerned with UNESCO’s fields of competence.