Amazing Lion Mountain

Rising dramatically from the central plains, atop a steep rock pillar in Sri Lanka, is an incredible, ancient fortress, one of the most valuable historical monument.

Sigiriya also called Lion Mountain is a dramatic and historical site, located in the central Matale District in central Sri Lanka. It consists of the ruins of an ancient stronghold built on a remarkable monolithic steep rock pillar. Build in the late 5th century CE, it is often referred to as, the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World,’ it is Sri Lanka’s most visited historic attractions.

The astounding height at which the fortress and pleasure palace was built, and the still functioning water fountains in the fortress’s extensive gardens, all offer a world of wonder to all those who visit.

To reach the top are series of vertiginous staircases, attached to sheer walls and series of remarkable frescoes and a pair of colossal lion’s paws are carved into the bedrock. Added to Sigiriya’s rock-star appeal is the surrounding landscape of lily and pad-covered moats, water gardens and cave shrines. In 1982, Sigiriya was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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northern Matale District - Central Province,
near the town of Dambulla

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