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Sigiriya

Sigiriya Rock Fortress, built by the young King Kasyapa in 5th century, was a royal citadel. Combining baffling architectural features and sensual artistic values, the Lion Rock is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as nominated to be the eighth wonder of the world — along with the Grand Canyon and Ancient Pyramids.

The king’s fortress complex was build on the flat top of the rock formation, extending to almost an acre, and the extensive ruins are still visible.  The central fortress takes the form of a lion figure with gigantic paws. In English, it translates to 'Lion Rock', alluding to the time when travelers could climb through the open throat, “giriya", of a lion, “sinha”. Today, the only remains are the lion’s gigantic paws, sculpted into the side of a 600-foot-tall rock rising above lush, green jungle.

 

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