Wednesday, 1 December 2021

Malwathu Oya Stone Bridge

Malwathu Oya Stone Bridge
Malwathu Oya Stone Bridge (Photo credit: Tharindu Ranasinghe, Google street view)

Malwathu Oya Stone Bridge is an ancient bridge built over the Malwathu Oya river in Anuradhapura District, Sri Lanka.

History
This is believed to be one of the bridges in the ancient road network that connected Anuradhapura city to other suburbs since the beginning of the Anuradhapura Period. The highway that was running from Anuradhapura to the north of the country across the Malwathu Oya river would have lain over this bridge (Wikramagamage, 2004).
 
The bridge
The bridge has been made by placing smoothened rock slabs longitudinally over the cross beams that are balanced on stone columns planted across the river. The high flood level of the river has been taken into consideration during the construction of the bridge. According to dimensions, it had been constructed even to serve vehicular traffic (Wikramagamage, 2004). 

Malwathu Oya Stone Bridge
Malwathu Oya Stone Bridge (Photo credit: Tharindu Ranasinghe, Google street view)

References
1) Wikramagamage, C., 2004. Heritage of Rajarata: Major natural, cultural, and historic sites. Colombo. Central Bank of Sri Lanka. p.113.
 
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This page was last updated on 21 December 2021
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