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Dambulla Cave Temple (1st Century BC)*

Artist/Designer: Designer Unknown

Project Location: Sri Lanka

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Primary Material(s):
Stone, Paint

Religious Building

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Publications/Texts in Print:

Bastin, Rohan.The domain of constant excess: plural worship at the Munnesvaram temples in Sri Lanka. New York: Berghahn Books, 2002.

Daswatte, Channa, and Dominic Sansoni. Sri lanka style: tropical design & architecture.
North Clarendon: Tuttle Publishing, 2016.

Seneviratna, Anuradha. Golden rock temple of Dambulla, caves of infinite Buddhas. Colombo: Central Cultural Fund, Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Sri Lanka, 1983.

Building Address:

Kandy - Jaffna Hwy, Dambulla, Sri Lanka

Significant Dates:

Caves built during Anuradhapura in 1st century BC to 993 AD and during Polonnaruwa in 1073 to 1250

Ceiling paintings added through 1747-1782

Murals cleaned and restored in the 1960s

New conservation strategies used since 1982

Became UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991

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Sri Lanka, Kandy style, Buddhist temple, cave, Stone

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