Architectural Lantern Slides of Ceylon (present-day Sri Lanka)

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Architectural Lantern Slides


Lantern slides created in Ceylon, present-day Sri Lanka, during the late 19th or early 20th century. Image subject is a temple. These lantern slides were intended for use in architectural pedagogy.


G. Massiot & cie




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Sri Lanka


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    G. Massiot & cie

    One of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins of ancient Lankan civilization; it was the capital of Sinhalese kings of Ceylon from the 4th century BCE, abandoned in 11th century CE due to Tamil invasions. The city is sacred to Buddhists (introduced to the country ca. 250 BCE) and has a sacred Bo tree (the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi), believed to have grown from a sapling of the original tree where Buddha found enlightenment. Thuparama Dagoba, the oldest shrine in Sri …

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