Sigiriya, which means the lion rock, located in the heart of Sri Lanka. It rises 370 meters above sea level and 180 meters above the surrounding plain. In V in. BC eldest son of King Kasap (477-495 gg.), seized power, imprisoned his father in prison and then killed him.

The younger son was horrified brother Moggallana acts and fled to South India. Kasap fear of retaliation decided to build a capital in difficult accessible place and chose to do Sigiriya rock.

On top of the rock was located the palace, which was preceded by a lion platform. On this platform, a huge statue of a lion was built through the legs and jaw which led up to the palace steps. On the cliff, located in the same "mirror wall", which was decorated with frescoes 500. The main theme of the image, half-naked women. It is not known whether they were real or is the fruit of the artist's imagination. From rock bottom to the top of the stairs we were special. Around the rocks located city with gardens and fountains.
After 18 years younger brother came back, that would be revenge. During the battle, the scales tipped in his direction, and in despair Kasap cut his throat. Moglanna everything was destroyed and rebuilt in the capital of Anuradhapura.
Now there were only from a lion paws. From 18 500 murals, but also thousands of years later, they have kept the brightness of colors and are of great value as an object of wall paintings of the time. The existence of Sigiriya Europeans became aware only in 1907, thanks to the British researcher who described it. Since 1982 Sigiriya is protected by UNESCO as a world heritage monument.

Sigiriya photos

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Sigiriya lion rock.

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I was in Sigiriya in February at this time on this part of Sri Lanka are frequent rains and mists. So this time the tip of the rock is covered with fog.

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Buddha statue in the approximation.

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Rise to the top of Lion Rock.

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Mirrored wall with rock frescoes. Ancient Lankans knew a lot about the female figure.

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The platform with the lion's paws before the top of the cliff, where the royal palace was located.

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From lions were only feet.

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And the palace is almost nothing left.

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Sunset view from Sigiriya through the clouds and fog, is surreal.

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And sometimes the world was like at the beginning of the apocalypse.

 
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