Monday, 16 September 2013

Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Sri Lanka


Built over 1,500 years ago between AD 477 to 495, the rocking Sigiriya, also known as ‘Lion’s Rock’, is an ancient rock fortress and palace ruin located on the island of beautiful Sri Lanka. Sigiriya is a popular tourist place, and this fantastic outcrop is surrounded by what is left of extensive & lovely gardens and reservoirs. Sigiriya is one of the 7 World Heritage Sites of the island, renowned for its ancient fresco, akin to those of the Ajanta Caves of India. Therefore; Sigiriya is believed one of the most foremost urban planning sites of the first millennium, and the site plan is considered very elaborate and imaginative. The plan combined idea of symmetry and asymmetry to intentionally interlock the man-made geometrical and natural forms of the surroundings. The Sirgiriya Gardens of the Sigiriya are one of the most important aspects of the site, as it is among the oldest landscaped gardens in the world. These gorgeous  gardens are divided into 3 distinct but linked forms, Cave & boulder gardens, water gardens, and terraced gardens.