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Sigiriya Rock , Sigiriya , Sri Lanka
Sigiriya

Sigiriya, the 'Lion's rock', ancient fortress and palace ruins in Matale (central Sri Lanka)

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Sigiriya Rock Sri Lanka
Amy Adejokun
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Discover Sigiriya Rock

The site of Sigiriya is one of the most captivating on the island: an immense rock, on the summit of which the parricidal king, Kassapa, built his palace in which he reigned for 18 years. You can still admire 'the Damsels', frescoes painted on the rock, mid-way up the mountain. These 5th century paintings depict women loaded with flowers and wearing lots of jewellery.

Sigiriya Rock

Sigiriya Rock , Sri Lanka
Sigiriya Rock

The Ancient City of Sugiriya is an UNESCO world heritage site and is a popular tourist destination.

Pavel Klimenko / 123RF
Sigiriya Rock , Sri Lanka
Sigiriya Rock

Ruins in Sigiriya rock, which may have once been inhabited in prehistoric times.

Achim Prill / 123RF
Sigiriya Rock , Sigiriya Rock in Sri Lanka , Sri Lanka
Sigiriya Rock in Sri Lanka

Sigiriya is also renowned for its ancient paintings.

© Morozova Tatiana / age fotostock
Sigiriya Rock , Paintings at Sigiriya Rock , Sri Lanka
Paintings at Sigiriya Rock

These pictures have a close resemblance to some of the paintings seen in the Ajanta caves in India.

© Morozova Tatiana / age fotostock
Sigiriya Rock , Wall of Sigiriya Rock , Sri Lanka
Wall of Sigiriya Rock

An ancient wall on Sigiriya rock in Sri Lanka, where people left their autographs for centuries.

© ZoonarDmitry Rukhle / age fotostock
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