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.
In a high temperature and high humidity of the climate, it is very hard to climb 1,300 steps of the stairs.
From this Mirror Wall climbed the spiral staircase to the Sigiriya Ladies’ room.
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.
Some sources even say that the whole western face of the rock used to be covered with these paintings of 500 women.
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.
A huge rock in the middle upper part on this photo, drop on the enemy. This Rock Palace is a very fortress.
I had to climb that iron ladder. Do you think the ladder is in safety? … The last challenge … my best to the top.
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.
This huge rock took me back to 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.
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.
Local Muslim women also seemed to enjoy the excursion, too.