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Sigiriya (Lion Rock) is an ancient palace located in the central Matale District near the town of Dambulla in the Central ProvinceSri Lanka. The name refers to a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 metres (660 ft) high. According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle theCulavamsa, 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 colourful frescoes.Sigiriya

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Archaeological remains and features


Sigiriya consists of an ancient citadel built by King Kashyapa during the 5th century. The Sigiriya site contains the ruins of an upper palace located 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 palaces located behind the lavish lower gardens, and moats and ramparts which protected the citadel. The site was both a palace and a fortress. The upper palace on the top of the rock includes cisterns cut into the rock that still retain water. The moats and walls that surround the lower palace are still exquisitely beautiful.

Sigiriya by aliasjjj



Sigiriya by aliasjjj



Sigiriya by aliasjjj


Sigiriya by aliasjjj

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View from The Mirror Wall

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Sigiriya  Garden by aliasjjj


The Water Gardens

The water gardens are built symmetrically on an east-west axis. They are connected with the outer moat on the west and the large artificial lake to the south of the Sigiriya rock. All the pools are also interlinked using an underground conduit network fed by the lake, and connected to the moats. A miniature water garden is located to the west of the first water garden, consisting of several small pools and watercourses. This recently discovered smaller garden appears to have been built after the Kashyapan period, possibly between the 10th and 13th centuries.

Sigiriya Water Garden by aliasjjj

Sigiriya (Water Garden) by aliasjjj

The Mirror Wall
Originally this wall was so highly polished that the king could see himself whilst he walked alongside it. Made of brick masonry wall and covered in highly polished white plaster,[11] the wall is now partially covered with verses scribbled by visitors to the rock. The mirror wall has verses dating from as early as the 8th century. People of all types wrote on the wall, on varying subjects such as love, irony, and experiences of all sorts.

Sigiriya Mirror Wall by aliasjjj

Sigiriya Mirror Wall by aliasjjj

Sigiri Frescoes


The paintings would have covered most of the western face of the rock, an area 140 metres long and 40 metres high. There are references in the graffiti to 500 ladies in these paintings. However, most have been lost forever. More frescoes, different from those on the rock face, can be seen elsewhere, for example on the ceiling of the location called the "Cobra Hood Cave".

 Sigiriya frescos by aliasjjj

Sigiriya frescos by aliasjjj

Sigiriya frescos by aliasjjj



Sigiriya frescos by aliasjjj

Sigiriya frescos by aliasjjj

Sigiriya frescos by aliasjjj

Sigiriya frescos by aliasjjj

Sigiriya frescos by aliasjjj

Sigiriya by aliasjjj

Sigiriya frescoes by aliasjjj

Sigiriya frescoes by aliasjjj

Ruins of the Lion's mouth

Sigiriya Lions Paw by aliasjjj

Lion's Paw

Sigiriya Lions Paw by aliasjjj



Lion's Paw by aliasjjj

Sigiriya Lion's Paw by aliasjjj


Other Archaeological remains and features



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Cobra Hood Cave

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Sigiriya  Garden by aliasjjj

Photos Taken on 24th May 2014
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sigiriya

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I hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow!!!

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