The Sigiriya Rock Fortress of Sri Lanka, also known as the Lion Rock. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Sigiriya is an ancient palace in the central Matale District, Sri Lanka. It is a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 metres (660 ft) high. The site was selected by King Kassapa (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.
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