"Sigiriya - another UNESCO's World Heritage site" Sigiriya by tommix

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The ruins of the palace complex and clifftop citadel built by Kassapa I - a patricidal usurper of the throne of Anuradhapura - lies on the steep slopes and at the summit of a granite peak standing some 370 m high (the 'Lion's Rock', which dominates the jungle from all sides).
A series of galleries and staircases emerging from the mouth of a gigantic lion constructed of bricks and plaster provide access to the site.
Citadel were built by Kassapa as a bulwark against attack by his half-brother Mogallana, the rightful heir to the throne. Instead of staying behind his walls when Mogallana finally launched his bid for the throne in year 491, Kasyapa went out to fight, was defeated and committed suicide. Mogallana was crowned king in 495 and returned the throne to Anuradhapura, where he reigned for the next 18 years. Sigiriya was then gradually abandoned and fell into disuse, and its treasures were not rediscovered until the 19th century.

  • Last visit to Sigiriya: Aug 2003
  • Intro Updated Jan 10, 2004
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