Dambulla Cave Temple closed indefinitely

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By Chaturanga Pradeep

The Dambulla Cave Temple Complex has been closed for visitors until further notice, the Archaeological Advisory Committee (AAC) announced yesterday.   

 

The decision was based on the report issued by Professor Verner Smith of the University of Central Florida, Orlando and on reports obtained from local archaeological experts

 

DM_20170712_A001-16Education Minister’s Media Secretary Kalpa Gunaratne said the decision was taken by the Committee after a meeting with Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam as an immediate measure to conserve the statues and paintings belonging to the cave temple

 

The AAC hopes to obtain the assistance of local and international experts to fast track the conservation of these statues and paintings belonging to the Dambulla Cave Temple.

 

He said the decision was based on the report issued by Professor Verner Smith of the University of Central Florida, Orlando and on reports obtained from local archaeological experts.

Prof. Smith is an advisor to the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

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The AAC hopes to obtain the assistance of local and international experts to fast track the conservation of these statues and paintings belonging to the Dambulla Cave Temple.
  

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