Friday, February 12, 2021

Maduwanwela Walawwa

Maduwanwela Walawwa
Maduwanwela Walawwa is an old manor house situated in Kolonna in Ratnapura District, Sri Lanka.

History
The history of Maduwanwela Walawwa runs back to the reign of King Vimaladharmasuriya II (1687-1707 A.D.). A building is said to have been erected at this site by Maduwanwela Maha Mohottala in about 1700. It was transformed into a permanent residence by Mudaliyar Maduwanwela Wijesundara Ekanayaka by paving the roof of it with Sinhala Ulu (round clay tiles) during the time of King Sri Vira Parakrama Narendra Singha (1707–1739 A.D.). The house was finally occupied by Sir James William Maduwanwela alias Maduwanwela Disawa [(1844-1930 A.D.) Abeyawardana, 2002]

In 1974, the building was taken over by the Department of Archaeology (Abeyawardana, 2002).

The building
The present building has 43 rooms and 7 inner courtyards (Abeyawardana, 2002). However, during the early stages, it is said to have comprised of 121 rooms and 21 inner courtyards (Abeyawardana, 2002)

A protected site
The Maduwanwela Walawwa situated in Maduwanwela, in the Divisional Secretary’s Division  of Kolonna is an archaeological protected monument, declared by a government gazette notification published on 20 September 1974.
References
1) Abeyawardana, H.A.P., 2002. Heritage of Sabaragamuwa: Major natural, cultural and historic sites. Sabaragamuwa Development Bank and The Central Bank of Sri Lanka. ISBN: 955-575-077-7.  p.36.
2) The government gazette notification, no: 130. 20 September 1974.

Location Map
This page was last updated on 5 September 2021
For a complete tourist map follow this link: Lankapradeepa Tourist Map

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