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Sigiriya Rock Fortress

Listed under Ancient Forts in Kandy, Sri Lanka.

  • Photo of Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Photo of Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Photo of Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Photo of Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Photo of Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Photo of Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Photo of Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Photo of Sigiriya Rock Fortress
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Sigiriya translates to 'lion', and the rock is vaguely lion-y, protruding out of a relatively flat section of the Kandy plateau. Building the palace fortress into the rock would have been an intense undertaking, but the result is impressive even in ruins. The main structures are surrounded by an irrigated network of gardens and waterways, which still function as they were intended today.

As well as the palace fort, this place is known for the rock art that decorates it.

Prior to being the seat of power for a usurping prince, the rock was a Buddhist monastery and after the capital was moved back to Anuradhapura it became a monastery once more.

Written by  Andrew Bielinski.

Other expert and press reviews

“Croching Lion, Hidden Temple”

The crouching lion was still as a stone and surrounded by the jungle below. I approached it cautiously, wiping the sleep out of my eyes wondering what I had gotten myself into so early in the morning. I proceeded as the clouds overheard darted by the sun… Read more...

Written by  Sherry Ott.

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Wheww...it was a climb. Go very early in the morning as it could be hot. When you are weak, don't climb. Just look at the pictures and enjoy the gardens. For the fit ones,you won't regret it.

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