Sigiriya Rock Fortress
11.04.2014 - 11.04.2014 32 °C
This morning we had an early start (06:30am breakfast!) so we could climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress before it got too hot.
The palace (now a UNESCO world heritage site) was built on top of Sigiriya or Lion rock for King Kasyapa (477-495 CE)
There are 1202 steps to climb (the King was always carried!) The halfway point is marked by a large Lion gateway.
After the King died the palace was abandoned. Unfortunately when the Buddhist monks moved in they destroyed most of the frescoes so they wouldn't distract the monks.