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Modernised Mihintale museum opened


Minister Jagath Balasuriya and Deputy Minister Duminda Dissanayake viewing some of the exhibits after the opening ceremony. (Bottom) The modernised Mihintale museum. Pictures by Amila Prabath Wanasinghe

The Mihintale museum rehabilitated and modernised as part of the Mihintale Sacred Area Development Project launched on the direction of President Mahinda Rajapaksa was opened by National Heritage Minister Dr Jagath Balasuriya and Youth Affairs and Skills Development Deputy Minister Duminda Dissanayake on December 12.

The operating ceremony was held under the patronage of Mihintale Raja Maha Viharadhipati Ven Walawahengunawewe Dhammaratana Nayake Thera. This museum built in 1984 was in a dilapidated and neglected state.

The National Heritage Ministry has spent Rs three million on the rehabilitation and modernization project.

Valuable Artefacts discussed from the Mihintale sacred city area are deported at this facility exhibits for the pilgrims and tourists visiting the Sacred Area.

Archaeology Director General Dr Senarath Dissanayake and several other Department and Ministry officials were also present on the occasion.

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