Approach Guides http://www.approachguides.com Approach Guides | Travel Apps & Ebooks Sun, 05 Oct 2014 14:38:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Off the Beaten Path in Sicily: Palermo’s Qanats http://www.approachguides.com/blog/visit-qanat-palermo-sicily/ http://www.approachguides.com/blog/visit-qanat-palermo-sicily/#comments Sun, 05 Oct 2014 13:09:08 +0000 http://www.approachguides.com/?p=2952 The qanat (pronounced ka-naht) is an Arab-designed underground canal/irrigation system that directs water from a high-elevation aquifer water source to a town or agricultural area along a perfectly-calculated and very slight downward grade (see illustration). Invented by the Persians in 1000 BCE and functioning as a “below-ground aqueduct,” it is ideally suited to warm, dry [...]

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The qanat (pronounced ka-naht) is an Arab-designed underground canal/irrigation system that directs water from a high-elevation aquifer water source to a town or agricultural area along a perfectly-calculated and very slight downward grade (see illustration). Invented by the Persians in 1000 BCE and functioning as a “below-ground aqueduct,” it is ideally suited to warm, dry climates, such as Sicily.

Visiting a qanat in Palermo

A vestige of Sicily’s Islamic period, Palermo’s qanats make for a fascinating visit. SottoSopra is a local nonprofit that guides small groups into a still-functioning qanat. You can contact them online or by telephone (+39 091/580433). If you don’t speak Italian, it might be best to have your hotel call and set up the appointment for you and to get explicit directions. It’s important to be aware that the water is cool and you get into it up to your chest, so come prepared with clothing that you can get wet (they will provide boots).

Qanat Overview by Approach Guides

How a qanat delivers water from a high-elevation water source to a lower irrigation area.

Where to eat in Palermo

Here are some of our favorite places to enjoy a bite to eat after a day spent touring the city:

  • Osteria Paradiso. Via Serradifalco, 23 (close to the Zisa). Only open for lunch, this is a very good place for super-fresh seafood and pastas. The owner speaks only Italian (and there are no written menus) but you can just ask them to bring out any of the pastas mentioned and you will be very happy. Closed Sundays.
  • Antica Gelateria Lucchese. Located on the south side of Piazza S. Domenico, 11, this is one of our favorite gelaterie in Palermo. Go with a granita here — the mandorla (almond) is the most traditional and delicious. Locals order their gelato in a brioche.
  • Mi Manda Picone. Via Paternostro 69 at Piazza San Francesco d’Assisi. Excellent wine bar that has a very extensive list of Sicilian wines by the glass. The bar also has a restaurant attached, so you can get food, if you wish.

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Wooden Chariot Builders in Puri, India (Video) http://www.approachguides.com/blog/wooden-chariot-builders-puri-india-video/ http://www.approachguides.com/blog/wooden-chariot-builders-puri-india-video/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:38:34 +0000 http://www.approachguides.com/?p=1834 Enormous wooden structures resembling a Hindu temple on wheels are designed to carry images of a deity through the streets during major festivals. In the weeks leading up to the festival, a team of professional chariot builders are brought in to build these chariots from scratch. In this episode of Approach Guides’ On Location series, we take [...]

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Enormous wooden structures resembling a Hindu temple on wheels are designed to carry images of a deity through the streets during major festivals. In the weeks leading up to the festival, a team of professional chariot builders are brought in to build these chariots from scratch. In this episode of Approach Guides’ On Location series, we take you behind the scenes to watch the fascinating process of chariot builders constructing a Hindu wooden chariot in Puri, India (Orissa).

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Madaba Map: Mosaic of Jerusalem http://www.approachguides.com/blog/madaba-map-mosaic-jerusalem/ http://www.approachguides.com/blog/madaba-map-mosaic-jerusalem/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:41:37 +0000 http://www.approachguides.com/?p=2872 The Byzantine church St George in Madaba, Jordan, is home to the “Madaba Map,” an impressive and by far the most well-known mosaic in the Holy Land. Floor map mosaic. Dating from the second half of the 6th century, the floor map mosaic depicts the geography of the Holy Land in the 6th [...]

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Madaba Map of Jerusalem. Photo by Jean Housen

The Byzantine church St George in Madaba, Jordan, is home to the “Madaba Map,” an impressive and by far the most well-known mosaic in the Holy Land.

  • Floor map mosaic. Dating from the second half of the 6th century, the floor map mosaic depicts the geography of the Holy Land in the 6th century. It is the oldest map of the Holy Land in existence.
  • Position in church. It occupies all of the floor space in the apse of the church.
  • Orientation implies Constantinople’s west-to-east viewpoint. The map assumes an oblique perspective, as if the viewer were standing atop a very high mountain and looking eastward (north is on the left). This is interesting since it is the opposite view that a viewer would have from Madaba in Jordan: a viewer in Jordan would look westward for a view of Jerusalem (north is on the right). The eastward vantage suggests that the artist was likely creating the mosaic based on a map prototype that was designed in the West, likely in Constantinople.
  • Key Jerusalem structures. The old city of Jerusalem stands out on the map. In the photo above, we have marked the most clearly identifiable structures of the 6th century city, most of which are still in place today: Damascus Gate, the north-south running Cardo and Colonnaded Street, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the old city walls, and Nea Church. The famous Temple Mount — the site of the ruined Jewish Second Temple; the Islamic Dome of the Rock had yet to be built — is conspicuously absent for reasons unknown.
  • Compare with Google Maps. Compare this map with our Google Map of Jerusalem. You will many of the same landmarks.

Another tip: Also visit Madaba’s Archaeological Park. It has the city’s most impressive small-tesserae mosaics, the highlight of which is the 6th century Hippolytus Hall mosaic.

Going to Petra?

Travel Guide and eBook to Petra, Jordan Petra’s temples and tombs — carved into the sandstone cliffs of Jordan’s Negev Desert — are a sight to be seen, standing witness to the greatness of the Nabataean civilization. Get our travel guidebook to Petra to explore the ancient city and its stunning architecture.

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Borobudur: Relief Scenes from the Life of the Buddha (Video) http://www.approachguides.com/blog/borobudur-relief-scenes-life-of-the-buddha-video/ http://www.approachguides.com/blog/borobudur-relief-scenes-life-of-the-buddha-video/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:39:09 +0000 http://www.approachguides.com/?p=2488 Borobudur, a massive 9th century Buddhist temple in Java, Indonesia, holds some of the best reliefs in the Buddhist world, recounting events in the life of the Buddha. Approach Guides’ founder David Raezer offers a tour of the eight best reliefs. This video is produced as part of our Insights Series in conjunction our guidebook [...]

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Borobudur, a massive 9th century Buddhist temple in Java, Indonesia, holds some of the best reliefs in the Buddhist world, recounting events in the life of the Buddha. Approach Guides’ founder David Raezer offers a tour of the eight best reliefs. This video is produced as part of our Insights Series in conjunction our guidebook on the subject “The Temples of Java: Borobudur and Prambanan

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Buddhist Stupa: Architecture & Symbolism http://www.approachguides.com/blog/buddhist-stupa-architecture-symbolism/ http://www.approachguides.com/blog/buddhist-stupa-architecture-symbolism/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:06:26 +0000 http://www.approachguides.com/?p=2478 The first and most fundamental of Buddhist architectural monuments, the Buddhist stupa serves as a marker for a sacred space, a symbolic representation of the Buddha’s burial mound. To understand the stupas and pagodas that you will see throughout Asia—including those in Angkor, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), Indonesia, China, Japan—it is helpful to first appreciate [...]

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The first and most fundamental of Buddhist architectural monuments, the Buddhist stupa serves as a marker for a sacred space, a symbolic representation of the Buddha’s burial mound. To understand the stupas and pagodas that you will see throughout Asia—including those in Angkor, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), Indonesia, China, Japan—it is helpful to first appreciate the design of the earliest stupas, which can be found in India and Sri Lanka. These stupas exerted great influence on later designs.

Buddhist Architecture: Great Stupa, Sanchi, India.

Great Stupa, Sanchi, India.

The Indian Prototype: Sanchi Stupa

The Great Stupa at Sanchi, in central India, is one of the earliest stupas; it served as an architectural prototype for all others that followed. The world-famous stupa — first constructed by the 3rd century BCE Mauryan ruler Ashoka in brick (the same material as those of Sri Lanka) — was later expanded to twice its original size in stone.

Buddhist Architecture: Elevation and plan. Great Stupa, Sanchi, India.

Elevation and plan. Great Stupa, Sanchi, India.

In the most basic sense, as an architectural representation of a sacred burial site, a stupa—no matter where it is located in the world or when it was built—has three fundamental features.

  • A hemispherical mound (anda). The anda’s domed shape (green highlights) recalls a mound of dirt that was used to cover the Buddha’s remains. As you might expect, it has a solid core and cannot be entered. Consistent with their symbolic associations, the earliest stupas contained actual relics of the Buddha; the relic chamber, buried deep inside the anda, is called the tabena. Over time, this hemispherical mound has taken on an even grander symbolic association: the mountain home of the gods at the center of the universe.
  • A square railing (harmika). The harmika (red highlights) is inspired by a square railing or fence that surrounded the mound of dirt, marking it as a sacred burial site.
  • A central pillar supporting a triple-umbrella form (chattra).The chattra, in turn, was derived from umbrellas that were placed over the mound to protect it from the elements (purple highlights). Just as the anda’s symbolic value expanded over time, the central pillar that holds the umbrellas has come to represent the pivot of the universe, the axis mundi along which the divine descends from heaven and becomes accessible to humanity. And the three circular umbrella-like disks represent the three Jewels, or Triantha, of Buddhism, which are the keys to a true understanding of the faith: (a) Buddha; (b) dharma (Buddhist teachings or religious law); and (c) sangha (monastic community).

Around these three core building blocks were added secondary features.

  • Enclosure wall with decorated gateways (toranas) at the cardinal directions. The wall — with its trademark three horizontal stone bars (in the top image) — surrounds the entire structure. The wall is marked in light blue highlights and the toranas in yellow.
  • A circular terrace (medhi). The terrace—surrounded by a similar three-bar railing—supports the anda and raises it off the ground (black highlights); it likely served as a platform for ritual circumambulation.

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Top Three Favorite Restaurants: Florence, Italy http://www.approachguides.com/blog/top-three-favorite-restaurants-florence-italy/ http://www.approachguides.com/blog/top-three-favorite-restaurants-florence-italy/#comments Sun, 13 Jul 2014 17:43:32 +0000 http://www.approachguides.com/agcp/?p=615 During the five years we lived in Italy, we couldn’t get enough of Florence. The art, architecture, food, and wine, is simply amazing. Below we’ve included three of our favorite restaurants in the city. These restaurants consistently delivered world-class food and were the restaurants that we returned to again and again. Top Three Favorite Restaurants: Florence, Italy appeared first on Approach Guides.

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During the five years we lived in Italy, we couldn’t get enough of Florence. The art, architecture, food, and wine, is simply amazing. Below we’ve included three of our favorite restaurants in the city. These restaurants consistently delivered world-class food and were the restaurants that we returned to again and again.

Florence Trattoria by Russell Yarwood from Costa Mesa, United States

Il Cibreo

Il Cibreo is THE restaurant that you have to go to in Florence; it ranks as one of our favorites in all of Italy. We prefer the trattoria, over the more formal ristorante and café across the street (the formal ristorante & café are very good, but very expensive, and a little stuffy); in any case, they all use the same kitchen, the only difference being that the trattoria menu is more limited. Il Cibreo’s menu is based on traditional Tuscan cooking, before the introduction of pasta. The menu sticks by classic dishes — e.g., polenta, minestra di pane, pappa al pomodoro — but they are typically done with concentrated flavors in a more sophisticated way than your typical Italian restaurant. The secondi are also highly recommended, including their collo di pollo ripieno (stuffed chicken neck), polpetti di vitella (veal meatballs), and salsicce con i fagioli (sausage and beans) Note that the Trattoria does not take reservations, so keep this in mind, because you will likely have to wait for a bit to be seated.

Il Cibreo Trattoria: Via dei Macci, 122R; Ristorante: Via dei Macci 118r; Telephone 055 234 1100; closed Sundays and Mondays.

Al Tranvai

Another one of our favorites, this authentic trattoria is filled with locals enjoying traditional Florentine dishes like crostini, pappa al pomodoro, ribollita, and trippa (tripe). Along with these regional favorites, Al Tranvai will also serve very tasty fish dishes, typically on Fridays. The menu here is only in Italian, so we recommend picking up our Italian Food Guide, which includes an Italian – English food glossary and will help you identify the local specialties. The deserts here are also delicious and are all made in house. A note for gluten-free travelers, Al Tranvai will provide gluten-free (senza glutine) menu upon request.

Al Tranvai. Piazza Torquato Tasso, 14/r, Telephone 055 225197; closed Saturdays and Sundays.

Coco Lezzone

Coco Lezzone is the place to sample a real Florentine steak (bistecca fiorentina), cooked slowly on a grill; you must to call one day in advance to reserve una bistecca fiorentina (priced by the kg, that is, 2.2 lbs). Also try their delicious ribollita (traditional vegetable bread soup). The food in this unassuming family-run restaurant is excellent. When being seated, request to sit in the older front room as it is has a more authentic (old-school) feel and you get to watch the family interact with guests and each other.

Coco Lezzone (no website). Via Parioncino, 26/r, Telephone 055 287178; closed Sundays and Tuesday evenings.

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Do you have a favorite restaurant in Florence? Email us your favorites; we would love to hear your recommendations!

Cavolo Nero

*CLOSED* Cavolo Nero used to be one of our recommended restaurants in Florence. Located off-the-beaten-path (in the oltr’arno), it was a small and elegant restaurant that served excellent, fresh food that changes with each season. Cavolo Nero’s super-friendly staff helped navigate the menu and its wine list. Another plus? The wine and food was very reasonably priced.

Cavolo Nero. Via dell’Ardiglione, 22; S.Frediano; Telephone: 055/294 744; closed Sundays (call to confirm).

Tips on Eating in Italy: Reservations

We have definitely found that it is necessary to make reservations for dinner. Walk-ins are not as welcome. A reservation, made even a couple hours in advance, goes a long way and usually gets you a better table. Also, locals eat dinner around 20:30 (8:30 pm) in a city like Florence; however, dinner times may vary in small towns, so it is always best to ask someone what is typical for the area. For more information on what to eat in Florence, check out our Approach Guide to Italian Food.

Don’t Miss: Tuscany’s Local Specialties

Guide and eBook to the Regional Foods of Italy Each region of Italy has its unique specialties and distinct culinary tradition, and Tuscany is no different. Tuscany’s regional dishes are extremely varied and include soups, salumi, and meats. Top dishes include prosciutto di cinto senese, a highly-regarded salt-cured, air-dried pork leg that has a more robust taste than Prosciutto di Parma, ribollita, “twice-boiled” soup with white cannellini beans, cabbage, stale bread and onions, and bollito, a selection of boiled meats and often served with mostarda (mixed fruits pickled with mustard seeds).

Guide and eBook to Italian Wines Tuscany’s wine options are vast and the quality is high. We recommend seeking out Tuscany’s red wines — which represent a whopping 85% of total production — based on the sangiovese grape from DOCGs like Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Chianti Classico. For whites, look to wines based on the grechetto, and vermentino grape varieties.

Shopping in Florence

No trip to Florence would be complete without dedicating at least some time to shopping. For those shopping-focused days, here is a list of our favorite stores that offer the best shopping experience in Florence – our list includes shops that sell unique items that you most likely won’t find outside of Italy or even Florence.

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Taj Mahal Architecture: Origins in Humayun’s Tomb (Video) http://www.approachguides.com/blog/taj-mahal-humayun-tomb-delhi-agra-india-video/ http://www.approachguides.com/blog/taj-mahal-humayun-tomb-delhi-agra-india-video/#comments Sun, 29 Jun 2014 17:06:00 +0000 http://www.approachguides.com/?p=2194 Humayun’s Tomb was built by the Islamic Mughal dynasty in Delhi from 1562-71, 85 years before the Taj Mahal. By comparing the two structures, you will see how the Mughals refined and perfected their original design to create their masterpiece: the Taj Mahal. Approach Guides’ founder David Raezer explores the how the design similarities between [...]

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Humayun’s Tomb was built by the Islamic Mughal dynasty in Delhi from 1562-71, 85 years before the Taj Mahal. By comparing the two structures, you will see how the Mughals refined and perfected their original design to create their masterpiece: the Taj Mahal. Approach Guides’ founder David Raezer explores the how the design similarities between the first tomb built by the Mughal dynasty in India, Humayun’s Tomb, and their masterpiece, the Taj Mahal. It is produced as part of our Insights Series in conjunction our guidebook on the subject “Highlights of India: Delhi & Agra.”

Taj Mahal Architecture: Origins in Humayun’s Tomb

Comparison: Humayun's Tomb and the Taj Mahal

Comparison: Humayun’s Tomb and the Taj Mahal

Facade Comparison

Similarities in the architecture of Humayun’s Tomb and the Taj Mahal

Let’s begin by looking at the similarities between the architecture of Humayun’s Tomb and the Taj Mahal. Both have large, rectangular pistaq entrances the tops of which break above the rest of the facade. They frame pointed-arch iwan niches. You can see this pistaq-iwan niche combination repeated on both facades. There’s a clear prototype for this arrangement in the earlier Timurid Madrasa of Ulegh Beg, which was built between 1417-1420 in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

Timurid Madrasa of Ulegh Beg. Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Timurid Madrasa of Ulegh Beg. Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Additionally, both Humayun’s Tomb and the Taj Mahal have large bulbous domes that rise above the tomb at the center, they feature Hindu-inspired chhatri pavilions, and they have chamfered corners that give the impression of depth. Finally, they sit on elevated platforms, symbolic of their importance.

Differences between the architecture of Humayun’s Tomb and the Taj Mahal

This is where things get interesting! The Taj has Quranic inscriptions that communicate a clear narrative to the visitor. In the video, we zoom in so we can see them more clearly. They convey an apocalyptic message focused on judgement and the potential for salvation. Another difference is the color scheme. In Humayun’s Tomb, white marble is used exclusively to highlight key features, while at the Taj, entire tomb is white. The facade of Humayun’s Tomb undulates, with octagonal wings that flank the entrance projecting forward. These projections are eliminated at the Taj. Finally, the dome changes form. You can see how the Taj’s dome is more elevated and significantly more bulbous.

Layout Comparison

Both tombs employ what is called a nine-fold plan, in which eight rooms surround a central chamber. The tomb sits at the absolute center. In both the rooms are octagonal. The octagon represents a middle state between a circle (symbolic of the divine world) and square (symbolic of a human world) and is used to designate sacred areas. As for differences, Humayun’s tomb encourages visitors to move outward from the center, while the Taj encourages a rotation around the central tomb.

Comparing the flow of movement: Humayun's Tomb and the Taj Mahal

Comparing the flow of movement: Humayun’s Tomb and the Taj Mahal

And finally, to illustrate the most important point, we have overlaid the floor plans on the elevations. You can see that the Taj is significantly more balanced. It is a perfect cube with a 1:1 ration between its plan and elevation.

Comparison of the floorplans and elevation of Humayun's Tomb and the Taj Mahal

Comparison of the floorplans and elevation of Humayun’s Tomb and the Taj Mahal

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Eat Slow Food in Italy http://www.approachguides.com/blog/eat-slow-food-italy/ http://www.approachguides.com/blog/eat-slow-food-italy/#comments Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:29:31 +0000 http://www.approachguides.com/?p=2377 While researching our Regional Guide to the Foods of Italy, we traveled throughout Italy visiting local markets and eating in thousands of restaurants seeking out the cucina tipica (typical foods) of each region in Italy. We found that the best restaurants in Italy are those that remain true to the local cuisine. The country’s Slow [...]

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While researching our Regional Guide to the Foods of Italy, we traveled throughout Italy visiting local markets and eating in thousands of restaurants seeking out the cucina tipica (typical foods) of each region in Italy.

We found that the best restaurants in Italy are those that remain true to the local cuisine. The country’s Slow Food movement has championed this perspective and developed a great resource for travelers looking to eat local.

You will see Slow Food stickers on the doors of all of the restaurants that meet its criteria: sourcing food from local, high-quality artisanal producers; having a menu that is true to the local cuisine and achieves successful prepared results; and delivering good value for money.

Slow Food Logo

About Slow Food

Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization linking the pleasure of good food with a commitment to local communities and the environment.

Founded in 1989, this global, grassroots organization strives to prevent disappearance of local food cultures and traditions, counteract the rise of fast life and combat people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from and how our food choices affect the world around us. Since its beginnings, Slow Food has grown into a global movement involving millions of people, in over 160 countries.

The organization has published seventeen editions of the Osterie d’Italia guide, which promotes Italian regional cooking and has contributed to the revival of eating places that particularly reflect local flavor and character: restaurants, osterias, trattorias, and wine shops–all of which serve foods known for their quality, value, and faithfulness to tradition.

Osterie d’Italia (restaurant guide book and iPhone app)

  • Slow-Food-CoverGet the book or app. We recommend purchasing a Slow Food book, called “Osterie d’Italia.” It really helps with restaurant selection and does a great job at highlighting the most traditional dishes. Buy the book online before you go, or if you want to travel light, purchase it as an app.
  • Italian only. Unfortunately, the book is only written in Italian (a limited English version is available in some bookstores in Milan, Rome and Florence). However, even if your Italian needs some work, you can easily discern the restaurant names and the recommended dishes, which are highlighted in bold typeface.

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Sri Lanka: Dambulla Cave Temple (Video) http://www.approachguides.com/blog/sri-lanka-dambulla-cave-temple-video/ http://www.approachguides.com/blog/sri-lanka-dambulla-cave-temple-video/#comments Wed, 14 May 2014 14:38:57 +0000 http://www.approachguides.com/?p=2297 In this video, we take a walk through Sri Lanka’s magnificent Dambulla Cave Temple 2 (Cave of the Great King), which is filled with the country’s premier 18th century Kandy style sculptures and paintings.

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In this video, we take a walk through Sri Lanka’s magnificent Dambulla Cave Temple 2 (Cave of the Great King), which is filled with the country’s premier 18th century Kandy style sculptures and paintings.

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Sri Lanka: Polonnaruwa Vatadage (Video) http://www.approachguides.com/blog/sri-lanka-polonnaruwa-vatadage-video/ http://www.approachguides.com/blog/sri-lanka-polonnaruwa-vatadage-video/#comments Sat, 10 May 2014 19:45:30 +0000 http://www.approachguides.com/?p=2292 Explore Sri Lanka’s 12th century Buddhist vatadage (covered stupa temple) in Polonnaruwa. This video of the Polonnaruwa Vatadage is produced in conjunction our guidebook on the subject “Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle: Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, and Dambulla.”

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Explore Sri Lanka’s 12th century Buddhist vatadage (covered stupa temple) in Polonnaruwa. This video of the Polonnaruwa Vatadage is produced in conjunction our guidebook on the subject “Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle: Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, and Dambulla.”

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