This Aramaic complex has been built on the 8th century and later some additions
have been made. The Stupa built on the 8th century is the oldest Stupa in this
area. This rather small Stupa is built on a unusually high platform with stone
steps leading to the top of it. The platform is surrounded by a brick wall.
Recent excavations on this complex have discovered a hospital and a large number
of buildings where bikkus (priests) resided.
The guard stones at the menik vehera is also unique. Generally on the side of the guard stone you can find a carving of a bull. But on the guard stones at the entrance of the Menik vehera this bull has been replaced by a elephant.
February 8, 2007