Sigiriya Rock Palace, Sri-Lanka

The site of Sigiriya was selected by King Kasyapa I (477 – 495 CE) for his new capital. He built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colourful frescoes.

Climbing the Sigiriya Rock.

Climbing the Sigiriya Rock.

In a high temperature and high humidity of the climate, it is very hard to climb 1,300 steps of the stairs.

Climbed the stone stairs, passed the iron pathway it was the Mirror Wall.

Climbed the stone stairs, passed the iron pathway it was the Mirror Wall.

 Mirror Wall of Sigiriya

Mirror Wall of Sigiriya

Explanation of Mirror Wall

Explanation of Mirror Wall

From this Mirror Wall climbed the spiral staircase to the Sigiriya Ladies’ room.

The spiral staircase of Sigiriya Rock

The spiral staircase of Sigiriya Rock

Halfway on Sigiriya-rock, there are very special mural paintings. They are non-religious representations of women, of which some have been preserved very well.

Sigiriya Ladies’ Room

Sigiriya Ladies’ Room

Fresco of Sigiriya Rock

Fresco of Sigiriya Rock

 Frescos called Sigiriya Ladies

Frescos called Sigiriya Ladies

Some sources even say that the whole western face of the rock used to be covered with these paintings of 500 women.

All stars of Sigiriya Ladies

All stars of Sigiriya Ladies

I really love these paintings, because one of them reminds me very much of my wife. After the frescos, I climbed the narrow rocky path again. It was very hard.

Ruins, a part of the old palace

Ruins, a part of the old palace

A huge rock in the middle upper part on this photo, drop on the enemy. This Rock Palace is a very fortress.

Arrived at the Lion’s Paw Terrace

Arrived at the Lion’s Paw Terrace

The Lion’s Paw Terrace of Sigiriya Rock

The Lion’s Paw Terrace of Sigiriya Rock

The Lion’s Paw Terrace; I had to take a rest for 20 minutes here.

The Lion’s Paw Terrace; I had to take a rest for 20 minutes here.

Explanation board of Lion’s Paw Terrace

Explanation board of Lion’s Paw Terrace

Views from the Lion's Paw Terrace.

Views from the Lion’s Paw Terrace.

This is the final wall to climb.

This is the final wall to climb.

I had to climb that iron ladder. Do you think the ladder is in safety? … The last challenge my best to the top.

Climbing the iron ladder to the summit.

Climbing the iron ladder to the summit.

There are meny ferocious hornet's nest on the cliff.

There are meny ferocious hornet’s nest on the cliff. Let’s be careful.

“Come to the top of the rock soon, mademoisalle.”

“Come to the top of the rock soon, mademoisalle.”

Relief map of the Sigiriya Rock Palace

Relief map of the Sigiriya Rock Palace

Arrived at the top of the Sigiriya Rock.

Arrived at the top of the Sigiriya Rock.

The view from the top of the Sigiriya Rock. Man standing in the center is the traveler from Japan.

The view from the top of the Sigiriya Rock. Man standing in the center is the traveler from Japan.

Walking around the summit; Ruins of the King Kashyapa’s Palece

Walking around the summit; Ruins of the King Kashyapa’s Palece

The pool where the man who murdered the father and usurped the throne takes a bath.

The pool where the man who murdered the father and usurped the throne takes a bath.

The pool for ablution (the ritual washing of a priest's hands)

The pool for ablution (the ritual washing of a priest’s hands)

Walking around the Palace ruins.

Walking around the Palace ruins.

View from the top of Sigiriya Rock

View from the top of Sigiriya Rock

This is a hill near Sigiriya Rock. When they built the royal palace on Sigiriya Rock, they moved the monastery that was at the foot of the Rock to that hill.

Walking around the summit of Sigiriya Rock

Walking around the summit of Sigiriya Rock

This huge rock took me back to Metéora in Greece.

Metéora in Greece

Metéora in Greece

The Metéora is a complex of Greek Orthodox monastery in Greece. This Monastery, the Holy Trinity, is on top of the cliffs. They built a monastery on a high rock to approach the heaven even a little.

Sigiriya Rock is a former Buddhist monastery, later became the king’s palace, Kashyapa I who killed his father and took the throne. He built the royal palace on this rock for fear.

As he built such a huge construction in a short period. He was bored by people a grudge surely.

It is time to come back the lower world.

It is time to come back the lower world.

Water Garden, view from on the rock

Water Garden, view from on the rock

Descend the Sigiriya Rock

Descend the Sigiriya Rock

Audience Hall Rock

This rock is called “Audience Hall Rock.”

This is the fallen half of a split boulder. The pillars & roof which would have stood on it are long gone. The polished stone floor remains along with a five metre carved throne. This is where legends say that Kassapa sometimes held court.

Left the Sigiriya Rock Palace and arrived at the parking lot.

Left the Sigiriya Rock Palace and arrived at the parking lot.

Local Muslim women also seemed to enjoy the excursion, too.

Flowers from the Sigiriya Rock Palace

Flowers from the Sigiriya Rock Palace

Faona from the Sigiriya Rock ruins; Chameleon, lizard, king-fisher and scorpion

Fana in the Sigiriya Rock ruins; Chameleon, lizard, king-fisher and scorpion

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