The steps to Parakramabahu I’s audience chamber.

The frieze (three-tiered: elephants, lions, and dwarves – a sign of good luck, where I believe the other two are more signs of power) and platform of Parakramabahu I’s audience chamber.

From another section of the ruins altogether, but a section dated from the era of Parakramabahu I; there are two interpretations of this. One says it’s a Buddhist scholar reading a sacred text; the other says it’s Parakramabahu holding the yoke of kingship. According to the ever-helpful Lonely Planet, the joke is that it’s just the king holding a piece of papaya and about to chow down.

Parakramabahu’s bathing pool. The spouts are supposed to be shaped like crocodiles, but I didn’t see it…

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