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This place feels like it could be Incan!! Completely extraordinary ruined city of Polonnaruwa in the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka.

Fifth-century Aukana Buddha, Sri Lanka. The Buddha is 12m high and is completely carved from the rock behind it, as is the case at Gal Vihara... truly amazing considering it is more than 1500 years old and has never been shielded from the elements by a roof or covering of any sort. This Buddha has risen in importance in the last seven or eight years after the unforgivable destruction of the twin Buddha statues (which were similar in design but much larger) in Bamiyan, Afghanistan by the…