(From Sigiriya on Wikipedia):

Sigiriya (Lion Rock Sinhalese: සීගිරිය, Tamil: சிகிரியா, pronounced see-gi-ri-yə) is an ancient rock fortress located in the central Matale District near the town of Dambulla in the Central Province, Sri Lanka. The name refers to a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 m (660 ft) high. According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle the Culavamsa, this site was selected by King Kasyapa (477 – 495 CE) for his new capital. He built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colorful frescoes. On a small plateau about halfway up the side of this rock he built a gateway in the form of an enormous lion. The name of this place is derived from this structure —Sīhāgiri, the Lion Rock. The capital and the royal palace was abandoned after the king's death. It was used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century.

Sigiriya today is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the best preserved examples of ancient urban planning. It is the most visited historic site in Sri Lanka.

Sigiriya is another example of the many sites of Ancient Civilizations that I visited during my travels.

All pictures are © Dr. Günther Eichhorn, unless otherwise noted.

Sigiriya

View Sigiriya Rock
View of the Sigiriya Rock. (927k)
View Water Garden
View of the Water Garden from the top. (1172k)
Pond Water Garden
Pond in the Water Garden. (1089k)
Water Garden
Water Garden. (869k)
Water Garden
Water Garden. (930k)
Garden
Garden. (1281k)
Path Between Rocks
Path between rocks. (1281k)
Merging Man-made Walls
Merging of man-made walls and natural rock. (1251k)
Path Along Rock
Path along the rock face. (974k)
Stairs Climbing Rock
Stairs for climbing up the rock face above the Lion's Gate. (962k)
Drip Line Protecting
Drip line for protecting frescoes. (1026k)
Famous Sigiriya Frescoes
Famous Sigiriya frescoes. (838k)
Famous Sigiriya Frescoes
Famous Sigiriya frescoes. (754k)
Top Sigiriya Rock
On top of the Sigiriya Rock. (702k)
Top Sigiriya Rock
On top of the Sigiriya Rock. (836k)

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