Tuesday, 1 March 2022

Athurugiriya Ambalama

Athurugiriya Ambalama
Athurugiriya Ambalama (Photo credit: Google street view)
Athurugiriya Ambalama is an old wayside rest situated in Athurugiriya in Colombo District, Sri Lanka.

History
Ambalamas are traditional resting places built by locals to accommodate wayfarers who were travelling to distant places. They were also used as a place for people to gather, hold meetings and serve as a public place in society. During the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, Ambalamas were spread all over the country. The Ambalama at Athurugiriya, as inscribed on its stone pillars has been built in the Buddhist year 2455 (1911 A.D.).
 
The structure
The Athurugiriya Ambalama is a rectangular-shaped structure built of brick and mortar. The roof which is covered with calicut clay tiles (Rata Ulu) is held by 6 brick and 2 stone pillars. Connecting these pillars, a short wall goes around the structure with an opening for the entrance at the front. Adjoining this structure is a large well. 

Location Map
This page was last updated on 1 March 2022
For a complete tourist map follow this link: Lankapradeepa Tourist Map

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