Eight Years' Wanderings in Ceylon by Samuel White Baker


The great Dagoba now remains a heap of mouldering brickwork,
still retaining its form, but shorn of all its beauty - Page 60
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The Great Dagoba Now Remains A Heap Of Mouldering Brickwork, Still Retaining Its Form, But Shorn Of All Its Beauty.

The stucco covering has almost all disappeared, leaving a patch here and there upon the most sheltered portions of the building.

Scrubby brushwood and rank grass and lichens have for the most part covered its surface, giving it the appearance rather of a huge mound of earth than of an ancient building. A portion of the palace is also standing, and, although for the most part blocked up with ruins, there is still sufficient to denote its former importance. The bricks, or rather the tiles, of which all the buildings are composed, are of such an imperishable nature that they still adhere to each other in large masses in spots where portions of the buildings have fallen.

In one portion of the ruins there are a number of beautiful fluted columns, with carved capitals, still remaining in a perfect state. Among these are the ruins of a large flight of steps; near them, again, a stone-lined tank, which was evidently intended as a bath; and everything denotes the former comfort and arrangement of a first-class establishment. There are innumerable relics, all interesting and worthy of individual attention, throughout the ruins over a surface of many miles, but they are mostly overgrown with jungle or covered with rank grass. The apparent undulations of the ground in all directions are simply the remains of fallen streets and buildings overgrown in like manner with tangled vegetation.

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