Jun 17, 2010

Here is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Sigiriya mean Lion's rock. This site is an ancient rock fortress and palace ruin. Located in the central Matale District of Sri Lanka, surrounded by the remains of an extensive network of gardens, reservoirs, and other structures. Sigiriya is one of popular travel destination in Sri Lanka, also renowned for its ancient paintings which are reminiscent of the Ajanta Caves of India.

This beautiful place was built during the reign of King Kassapa I, about AD 477 – 495, and it is one of the seven World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka.

Sigiriya may have been inhabited through prehistoric times. It was used as a rock-shelter mountain monastery from about the 5th century BC, with caves prepared and donated by devotees to the Buddhist Sangha. The garden and palace were built by King Kasyapa. Following King Kasyapa's death, it was again a monastery complex up to about the 14th century, after which it was abandoned. . The Sigiri inscriptions were deciphered by the archaeologist Senarath Paranavithana in his renowned two-volume work, published by Oxford, Sigiri Graffiti. He also wrote the popular book "Story of Sigiriya”

Sigiriya consists of an ancient castle built by King Kasyapa during the 5th century AD. The Sigiriya site has the remains of an upper palace sited on the flat top of the rock, a mid-level terrace that includes the Lion Gate and the mirror wall with its frescoes, the lower palace that clings to the slopes below the rock, and the moats, walls and gardens that extend for some hundreds of metres out from the base of the rock.


clickmp3 said...

Very beautiful photos

Wish I could there

June 20, 2010 at 9:42 AM

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