13th century ruins in Sri Lanka damaged by fire

Aug 11, Colombo: According to Sri Lanka Archaeology Department the island in the middle of the Parakrama Samudraya reservoir of historic Polonnaruwa town has been destroyed by fire.

The historical monuments in the island were damaged by the fire which was lighted by some unscrupulous elements with disruptive motives on Tuesday night said theArcheological Department.

The main monuments in the island are the ruins of an ancient palace called Sita Palace. It is believed that the palace was used by King Parakramabahu, the most powerful king in one time capital of the island, as his leisure residence in 13th century.

The Archaeological Department and the Central Cultural Fund officials in Polonnaruwa said they informed the police and other relevant authorities but no one assisted to distinguish the fire.

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