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Thursday, 01 January 2015 00:00

The Sigiriya complex has been developed with and around a 600 feet high monolith and served asthe capital of the country for a short period in the 5th century AD. It was the glorious Art Gallery and Palace cum Fortress of King Kashyapa in the 5th century AD. The Palace was built on the top of the rock, while below shimmered the water gardens, not second to similar gardens in the world. Of a very acute geometrical symmetry, these water gardens are reminders of those in Egypt and Persia. The rock gardens similar to those in far East countries, evoke wonder at the ingenuity of the craftsmen. The Sigiriya paintings, an epitome of the very refined art of the east, together with the Sigiriya graffiti scrawled on the polished rock surface, have made Sigiriya world famous. Sigiriya was declared as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1982.

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