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Polonnaruwa, a city that rose into prominence in the 12th century, was considered as the capital of medieval Sri Lanka. Some remarkable architectural remains, sculptures and murals can be seen here. The most noteworthy sites of Polonnaruwa are the cluster of Gal Vihara, Thivanka Image House and Alahana Pirivena. Polonnaruwa 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.