Sigiriya: The Ancient Fortress Of Sri Lanka

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Sigiriya is the ancient stone fortress in Sri Lanka that was built by King Kasyapa of Sri Lanka back in the fifth century. The stone fortress got its name (which originates from the word Sihagri, "lion rock") from the shape of its edifice, which looks like a giant lion from far.

Sigiriya once the monastery became the royal residence of the King and was again abandoned after his death. The structure again re-discovered now is one of the UNESCO’s World Heritage Site.

Locals also call this place the Eight Wonder Of The World with its unique look and astonishing architecture that is surrounded by the harmony of nature.

What To See At Sigiriya?

The Ancient Stone fortress Sigiriya is a complex network of walls, palaces, water fountains, and more that sets the example of the most urban architecture known to mankind.

You can do many thing things here:

Climb The “Lion Staircase”

Thanks to the weathering of years the structure have lost its formation but the feet survives till now. The feet make way for the staircase that leads up to the mountain where you can climb and see its many attractions.

Look For Sigiriya Graffiti On The Wall

The Mirror Wall was once the most unique thing to see, it is said that the mirror was so clean that the king and his queens used to see their reflection. However, due to centuries of neglect, the mirror wall is turned into orange-ish color and now serve as the place where you can find the famous “Sigiriya graffiti” 

You can find scribbles in the Tamil, Sanskrit, and Sinhalese languages on the walls. There are also paintings and inscriptions of the female queens/midwives of the king wearing precious jewelry according to that time and tradition.

Must-See Water Sights

The fortress also has one of the oldest landscaped gardens, which is the most beautiful site to witness.

Some time ago, Sigiriya was known to have over 100 bathing pools, ponds, and fountains. Some of them had beautiful pavilions set up nearby, that served as a peaceful place used by royal households for leisure purposes.