This 5th Century Capital of Sri Lanka has been a well know city even before the advent of Buddhism. Anuradhapura served as the Capital of the Country for nearly 1400 years. Here is found the largest number of ancient monument of the Sinhala Civilization. Taking pride of place is the Sri Maha Bodhi, tree over 2000 years old (the oldest historically documented tree in the world) and a branch of the very tree under which Buddha tree under which Buddha attained Buddhahood and the world famous "Samadhi" Buddha statue. Marvels of ancient architecture.