Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Sri Lanka - Climbing Sigiriya

Sigiriya is a World Heritage listed site and an iconic symbol of Sri Lanka. 

In the heat it is quite a hike to the top but of course it wasn't a problem for us and the other 1,000 people already there before the site got too busy.

Part of the way up is the picture gallery and the mirror wall, both now protected from the elements by a fabric enclosure - along from the metal gangway, tucked into the rockface.

The frescoes are internationally aclaimed

The tourists who came to see these paintings from the 6th - 13th Century left graffiti on the nearby mirror wall.  It is a highly polished porcelain surface, and the paintings would have been reflected in them.  Today there is still a faint shine.

Then through the lion gate to the upper palace ruins.

An upper palace was built on the top around the 4th/5th century A.D. and a lower palace built with intricate layout.  Today the remains of walls and moats still exist and on the top, water cisterns still retain water.

It is hard to capture in photographs the scale of the works and just as hard to imagine what went into building it.

Down below, formal layouts can be seen

A good workout for our legs and well worth doing.

Although who would have thought the crumpled front hat is going to be the next big trend? Well that is what the hat wearer tried to tell me!


1 comment:

  1. Wow. Brings back so many awesome memories of our trip there in 2001 - we stayed in kandi, habarana, and bentota beach before going to the Maldives for a few days as well. We were also pretty wowed by sigiriya. Hope all is well with you both. So enjoy all the updates :-)