Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Sigiriya refuses to disclose to the globe its own secrets simply, and you may need to climb a series of giddy staircases connected to sheer walls to succeed in the
place on top. On the way, you’ll go through a series of quite remarkable frescoes and a pair of colossal lion’s paws carved into the bedrock. The surrounding landscape shows lily-pad-covered moats, water gardens, and cave shrines clearly.
Sigiriya Considered the eighth Wonder of the World as this ancient palace and Thousands of tourists every year visits Sigiriya due to this significant archaeological importance place. It is the most visited tourist destination of Sri Lanka.
The place is located in the heart of the island between the towns of Dambulla and Habarane on a massive rocky level 370 meters above the sea level.
Since 3rd century BC, this rocky plateau of Sigiriya served as a monastery. During the second half of the 5th century king Kasyapa decided to build a royal residence here. After his leaving(death), Sigiriya again became a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century, when it was abandoned. When you enter through the main entrance, It is located in the northern side of the rock.
It was created in the form of a huge stone lion, whose feet have survived up to today but the upper parts of the body were destroyed. Thanks to this brave lion the palace was called Sigiriya. The term Sigiriya originates from the word Sihagri(Lion Rock).
In history, this was polished clearly and the king could see his reflection in it.
Sweeping Stroke Paintings
The most historical Inscriptions are dated from the 8th century. These inscriptions give evidence that Sigiriya was a very popular tourist destination more than a thousand years ago. Today, painting on the wall is strictly prohibited. The buildings and gardens of Sigiriya shows the technical skills and technologies by that time.
The gardens of Sigiriya are one of the oldest landscaped gardens in the world. There are water gardens, cave and boulder gardens, and also terraced gardens in sigiriya. These things are located in the western part of the rock and are with a complex hydraulic system, which consists of canals, locks, lakes, dams, bridges, fountains, as well as surface and underground water pumps.
In the rainy season, all channels are filled with water, which begins to circulate through the whole area of Sigiriya. Fountains of Sigiriya built in the V century, perhaps, are the oldest in the world. The palace and defense advanced is recognized collectively of the best samples of ancient urban coming up with. UNESCO declared the Sigiriya as World Heritage site in 1982.