Image of the ancient Buddhist Lankathilaka Viharaya (Temple), at Kandy, Sri Lanka. Completed in 1344, the Lankatilaka Temple is considered to be one of the best preserved examples of traditional Sinhalese temple architecture. Built on a rock, the temple is reached by a long series of rock cut steps. An arched passage of the image house leads through a Mandapa (hall) into the inner sanctum that is richly decorated with beautiful floral designs. The two sidewalls and the ceiling are decorated with paintings. In the inner sanctum is a colossal seated image of the Buddha.