Sigiriya UNESCO sri lanka world heritage


Sigiriya Called by numerous names including “The Lion Rock” for its underlying name of “Sinha Giriya” (Sinha = Lion, Giriya = Rock). The nearest main town of Dambulla, Central province.
The Sigiriya (Lion rock)  was an imperial fortification for a long time (477-495 AD) when it was bracing by King Kasyapa. The structural and irrigation advancements of Sigiriya, for example, the Water Gardens, still confuse engineers. The scale soak ventures of metal with railings passes a divider adorned with frescoes of uncovered breasted ladies. Craftsmanship specialists think about them one of a kind.

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King Kasyapa chose the stone as the capital for his kingdom because of its key moment that battling off intruders. An entryway as a gigantic lion was fabricating and in this manner gave it the name Lion Rock. However, after the passing of the ruler, the capital and kingdom were relinquished by its kin and it filled in as a Buddhist monastery until the fourteenth century.

The frescoes are likely Sigiriya’s most prominent fascination. The entire face of the divider has utilized as a photo exhibition which right up ’til the present time have been saved. The artistic creations are said to have of the Anuradhapura period. However, the style of painting is exceptional to that of any found in Anuradhapura amid its brilliant years. Then, he built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colorful frescoes. So, the paintings would have covered most of the western face of the rock, an area 140 meters long and 40 meters high. In Fact, there are references in the graffiti to 500 ladies in these Painting. However, most have Losted forever.  On a Small Plateau about halfway up the side of this rock, he built a gateway in the form of an enormous Lion.

The name of the place is deriving from this Structure ” Sinha Giri ” the lion rock. It was used as a Buddhist Monastery until the 14th Century. Then, this is today UNESCO world heritage site.

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The hidden cave alone to the citadel, there are magnificent ancient paintings in South Asia. there are 3 difference major suggestions.

01.) Celestial nymphs carrying flowers to doping upon kings and mortals below.

02.) Queens and concubines

03.) Manifestation of the goddess Tara – Tara is a goddess who had worshiped by Mahayana Buddhists of Sri Lanka.

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The boulder gardens – 

The boulder garden is located Main path from fountain garden next level of the Sigiriya  complex. Contrast to the symmetrical layout of the Water Gardens, the Boulder Gardens are asymmetrical.



Water gardens –

The Sigiriya water gardens in central side of western precinct. In the first garden consists of a plot surrounding by water.

The second contains two long, deep ponds  on Both side of the path. Underground water conduits water supply to these fountains which are even today functional, especially during the rainy season.

Sigiriya water garden

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The Water Gardens

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Audience Hall



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Sigiriya Mirror wall is a plastered brick wall with a two meter-wide inner passageway. About one hundred meters of this wall exists today.

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The Lion Staircase

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The Palace



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