Sigiriya sits in an area dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 meters high. According to an ancient Sri Lankan chronicle, the site was selected by King Kasyapa (477–495 C.E.) for his new capitol. He built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colourful frescoes. On a small plateau about halfway up the side of the rock, he built a gateway in the form of an enormous lion. The capitol and the royal palace were abandoned after the king’s death. It was used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century.
Sigiriya is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is one of the best preserved examples of ancient urban planning and is the most visited historic site in Sri Lanka.
I climb and climb and climb. One torturous step after another. 1,200 steps, all total. A spectacular view awaits me.
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