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Abhaya Wewa
අභය වැව
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Abhaya Wewa
අභය වැව
Location Anuradhapura
Coordinates 08°21′07.9″N080°23′17.4″E / 8.352194°N 80.388167°E / 8.352194; 80.388167 Coordinates: 08°21′07.9″N080°23′17.4″E / 8.352194°N 80.388167°E / 8.352194; 80.388167
Type Reservoir
Built400 BC [1] [2]
Surface area1,235 acres (500 ha; 1.930 sq mi)
Water volume133×10^6 cu ft (3.8×10^6 m3) [2]

Abhayavapi (Sinhalese: අභයවාපි) or commonly Abhaya Wewa (Sinhalese: අභය වැව) is a reservoir in Sri Lanka, built by King Pandukabhaya who ruled in Anuradhapura from 437 BC to 367 BC, after constructing the city. [3] This is now popularly known Abhayawewa'. [2]



Area is 1,235 acres (500 ha; 1.930 sq mi); length of the Waw Kandiya (Sinhalese: වැව් කන්ඩිය English: embankment) is 5,910 feet (1.119 mi) and height is 22 feet (6.7 m). Width of the top of the embankment is 6 feet (1.8 m) to 8 feet (2.4 m). [1] [2]


Built inside the ancient Anuradhapura, it supplied water to then city population. [1] [2]

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