Royal Palace of Kandy

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The Royal Palace of Kandy

The Royal Palace of Kandy in Kandy, is the last royal residence of the Kingdom of Kandy and in Sri Lanka. The last King to reside in it was King Sri Vikrama Rajasinha until he was overthrown by the British in 1815 with the aid of Kandian chieftains. Once part of a large palace complex that included the royal court the Magul Maduwa and the Temple of the Tooth that held the Relic of the tooth of the Buddha. By ancient tradition the one who was in possession of the Tooth Relic had claim to the throne. Adjacent to the Royal Palace is the Victorian era building that until recently housed Kandy High Court.

National Museum of Kandy[edit]

The palace complex has changed over the last century, with only a few buildings remaining. Those that are apart from the Temple of the Tooth Relic, has been turned into the National Museum of Kandy run by the Department of Archeology.

Magul Maduwa[edit]

Found between the main palace building and the Temple of the Tooth Relic is the Magul Maduwa, the Royal audience hall with wooden pillars built in 1784 by King Sri Vikrama Rajasinha, where the his Royal Court convened. It was here on March 5, 1815 the Kandyan Convention was signed between the British and the Kandyian Chieftains (Radalas) ending the Kingdom of Kandy, the last native kingdom of the island.[1]

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