The Satmahal Prasada ("seven-story tower") is a 12th century step pyramid in the northeast corner of the archaeological complex of Polonnaruwa in Sri Lanka. It is believed to be a stupa because it is in a Buddhist environment. It is unique in the area, of unknown builder and purpose. It is often compared to the stupa at Wat Kukut in Lamphun in Thailand and to the Buddhist architecture of Cambodia.To visit Sathmahal Prasada and get the most from your holiday in Polonnaruwa, create itinerary details personal to you using our Polonnaruwa driving holiday planning tool.
According to the Mahavamsa, King Parakramabahu I the Great (1123-1186) built a seven-story tower at Polonnaruwa, but there is no certainty that he refers to this one.
It is made of brick and a layer of plaster. It has seven floors, although the seventh only barely remains. It has a square plan, with a lateral staircase. It presents the same decoration on its four sides. On the ground floor, there is a false entrance. On the upper floors, there is a sculpture at the centre of each wall, surrounded by an arch and holes for anchoring a niche or a similar structure.
It has been related to the pyre of Hephaestion, built in the 4th century BC by Alexander the Great in Babylon to honour that general.
Sathmahal Prasada reviews
The least understood structure at Polonnuwara, it is pyramid in shape, each level a square. Every side of every square had a deity in a niche. Resembling a ziggurat, it is unique in Sri Lanka. It may.... more »
The structure give you a glimpse into the influences from other countries in the region on Sri Lanka... more »
Build a tripTell us where and when you
want to go, we will build
the best sightseeing itinerary
Refine itYou have complete flexibility on your destinations and itinerary
Book as a packageUse our travel agents to get
package savings and hassle free booking
Enjoy your trip!Enjoy our 24x7
Popular things to do in Polonnaruwa
Side trips from Polonnaruwa
Hidden gems in Polonnaruwa
Historic Sites in Polonnaruwa
Nearby attractions in Polonnaruwa
Nature in Polonnaruwa
Trips to Sathmahal Prasada by other users
12 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM THE NETHERLANDS Anuradhapura Trincomalee Polonnaruwa 4 days in South Asia BY A USER FROM SRI LANKA Mannar Jaffna Nilaveli 60 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM Kandy Anuradhapura Sigiriya 9 days in Polonnaruwa BY A USER FROM SRI LANKA Archaeological Museum Samudra Parakrama Polonnaruwa 10 days in South Asia BY A USER FROM SRI LANKA Hikkaduwa Kitulgala Kandy 29 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM Kandy Tissamaharama Udawalawe National Park