Saturday, 11 June 2011

Sigiriya (Lion's rock)

Sigiriya (Lion's rock) is an ancient rock fortress and castle ruin situated in central Matale District of Sri Lanka, surrounded by the remnants of an extensive network of gardens, reservoirs, and other structures. A popular tourist destination, Sigiriya is also famous for the ancient paintings (paintings), which is reminiscent of the Ajanta Caves in India. The Sigiriya was built in the reign of King Kassapa I (AD 477-495), and is one of seven World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka.

Sigiriya may have been inhabited through prehistoric times. It is used as a convent-rock haven of about five centuries BC, with caves prepared and donated by the Buddhist Sangha. Park and palace built by King Kasyapa. After the death of King Kasyapa, was once again a monastery complex up to about the 14th century, after it abandoned. . Inscription Sigiri a break by archaeologists Senarath Paranavithana in the work of his famous two volumes, published by Oxford, Sigiri Graffiti. He also wrote the popular book "Story of Sigiriya".


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