The Ancient Palace of Sigiriya

Image: Hennebery blog 

On the slopes and summit of a 650-foot high Sri Lankan peak lie the ruins of the ancient city Sigiriya. Locals also call the rock fortress pictured above “Lion’s Rock.” The majestic site, built in the fifth century by King Kassapa I, can be seen from miles away. 

In its time, the complex, with its moat and ramparts, was not only strong on defense. King Kassapa outfitted it for pleasure as well. Extensive gardens and frescoes were just a few features that added beauty to the city. 

There's much more to learn about this fascinating location, including the royal drama that led to its construction, the existence of an ancient graffiti wall and more. Read a detailed description and see additional pictures of Sigiriya here and here. 

Image: David Hein

Image: Pavel Dobrovsky

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