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Sigiriya | The Lion Mountain in Sri Lanka.

Sigiriya is famous for its 200 metre high red stone fortress and palace ruins which are surrounded by the remains of an extensive network of gardens, reservoirs and other structures. According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle the Culavamsa the site was selected by King Kasyapa (477 – 495 AD) for his new capital. He built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colourful frescoes.

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
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 were abandoned after the king's death. It was used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century.

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
Sigiriya is a city located in the Matale District in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. It is the most visited historic site in Sri Lanka. It is one of the best preserved examples of ancient urban planning. Sigiriya is a World Heritage Site.

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