Mihintale Museum

The Ancient Cities

This small museum on the road leading to the stairway base is worth a short visit for its modest collection of artefacts collected from Mihintale.

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1. Hospital


The remains of a 9th-century hospital sit a stone's throw from the site museum. The hospital consisted of a number of cells. A bat oruwa (large stone…

2. Quincunx

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The remains of a quincunx of buildings, laid out like the five dots on a die, sits beside the path leading from the museum to the stairway.

3. Stairway

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In a series of flights, 1843 ancient granite slab steps lead majestically up the hillside, passing the occasional rock inscription and side trail. The…

4. Kantaka Chetiya

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At the first landing, a side flight of 100 steps branches right to this partly ruined dagoba, one of the oldest at Mihintale. It’s 12m high (originally…

5. Monks’ Refectory & Relic House

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On the second landing is the monks’ refectory with huge stone troughs that the lay followers kept filled with rice for the monks.

6. Mihintale Ruins

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The sleepy ruins of Mihintale are closely associated with the earliest introduction of Buddhism to Sri Lanka. A ceremonial staircase climbs past pools,…

7. Assembly Hall

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On the same level as the relic house, this hall, also known as the convocation hall, is where monks met to discuss matters of common interest. The raised…

8. Indikatu Seya Complex

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On the road leading to Old Rd, west of the site proper, are the remains of a monastery enclosed in the ruins of a stone wall. Visible here are two dagobas…