|Sigiriya Rock Fortress|
Sigiriya Rock rises up more than 200 meters out of the jungle, presenting an imposing sight to the visitor.
477 - 495 A.C. King Kasyapa has built this rock as a fortress and placed a gorgeous palace on top of it.
One side of the rock was designed like a huge lion and the entrance was leading through the lion's mouth.
Hence Sigiriya's alternative name is "Lion Rock." Only the lion's massive paws remain today,
but they indicate how gigantic the rest of the carving must have been.
The world famous frescos of the "Sigiriya Maidens" are 1500 years old.
Out of about 500 frescos 18 are conserved in a good condition. The fortress is surrounded
by ancient gardens and irrigation systems.
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