Daily Dose: Lots o’ Brick

Add to TwitterI’m willing to bet you haven’t heard of the Jetavanaramaya Stupa. I’m also betting that it’ll take you more than a few seconds to work through the pronunciation… and that Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka (its location) will be just as much of a tongue-twister. Those marathon-length names, however, are child’s play in comparison to the actual dimensions of this brick giant.

Originally over 400 feet in height, this Buddhist monument was the third largest structure of the ancient world behind the Khufru and Khafra pyramids at Giza. It is made up of 93.3 million baked bricks, has a 6m deep foundation and took 27 years to build. Today, it’s one of the largest – if not the largest – structures made entirely from brick in the world. Its enshrined relic is said to be part of a sash tied by the Buddha. The Jetavanaramaya stupa and surrounding monastery ruins are owned by the Monks of Dhakkina Vihara.

Jetavanaramaya Stupa

Jetavanaramaya Stupa

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