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Location: Sigiriya Sri Lanka

Sigiriya (Lion Rock)  is located in the central Matale District of the Central Province, Sri Lanka. The name refers to a site of historical and archeaological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 metres (660 ft) high. According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle the Culavamsa the site was selected by King Kasyapa (477 – 495 CE) for his new capital. 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 this rock he built a gateway in the form of an enormous lion. The name of this place is derived from this structure —Sīhāgiri, the Lion Rock. The capital and the royal palace were abandoned after the king's death. It was used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century.

Sigiriya today is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. It is one of the best preserved examples of ancient urban planning. It is the most visited historic site in Sri Lanka.
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rollarius55 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Believe it or not but I've been on this beautiful place, in 2010..
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InayatShah Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
The whole country is just amazing ...
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rollarius55 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes it is and as it was the first time I was in Asia it was even more impressing for me..
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Vermontster Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
So I am guessing that my coming there to go rock climbing would be out of the question? :)
Beautiful shot! :clap:
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InayatShah Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank You ... I dont think they would allow rock climbing on a world heritage site .. but you must remember the place is swarming with Hornets.
you can always take the stairs upto the top
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