|Posted by stella dias on September 11, 2010 at 10:48 PM|
History of lion rock [sigiriya]
Sigiriya in Sri Lanka is considered to be one of the most amazingand a very beautiful place to visit in the country. This place has beenconsidered to be one of the Wonders of the Ancient World and its namehas been proposed to rank it as the Eighth Wonder of the World.
Sigiriya is also known as the “Lion Mountain” in Sri Lanka. Theancient architectural tradition of Sri Lanka has been portrayed herebeautifully. This place has been preserved from the first millenniumwith its buildings, gardens, trees, pathways, water gardens and others.This city reminds the glorious fame of Sri Lanka’s past.
About Sigiri RockThe most significant feature of this place is considered to be theRock which acts as a “lion staircase” to the palace garden which issituated on the summit. This staircase has been visualized to be a“gigantic figure which towers against the majestic granite cliff and issimply awe- inspiring. There are a number of paintings and carvings onthe surface of the rock but some of them have worn out with the passageof time. The paintings depict the earlier surviving examples of aschool of classical realism in Sri Lanka. Other paintings of eminencelie at the foot of the rock. The painting on the roof of the Cobra HoodCave is of major significance. This painting has been recognized todate back to the pre- Christian era and has a “combination ofgeometrical shapes and motifs with a free and complex rendering ofcharacteristic volute or whorl motifs”. This painting is considered tobe one of its best in Sri Lanka.
About Sigiri GardensThe Sigiri Gardens is considered to be the gateway to the “LionMountains”. This garden has an “inner house made of timber and brickwith a tiled roof”. This place is truly beautiful because this placehas been planned elaborately and with technologies which date back tothe Early Historic Period. The Water Garden inside the compound of theSigiri Gardens is an ultimate spot for the tourists who visit thisplace.
Water GardensThe Water Garden is considered to be the most amazing place to visitin Sigiri Gardens. This garden is smaller than the Sigiri Gardens andhas many pools, water pavilions, courtyards and water courses. Thelargest water island is believed to have a central island which issurrounded by water on all sides. Also, there is a fountain in thegarden which has two shallow limestone cisterns.
Boulder GardenAnother place to visit is the Boulder Garden in Sigiriya. TheBoulder Garden is situated at a higher level from the “symmetricalwater garden”. Other major places to visit here is the Cistern Rock,and the Audience Hall Rock.
Terrace GardenThe Terrace Garden is situated at the ultimate base of the rock, andis carved out of a natural hill. This garden has been made with“rubbled retaining walls”. Each of the terrace’s has a concentriccircle which runs around the rock.
History of SigiriyaSigiriya is not considered to be a fortress which is gloomy andforbidding. The Sigiriya period has a lot of history attached to it. Itis believed that the “history is replete with legend, love andbetrayal”. The history of this period dates back to somewhere around7,000 years ago.
This garden city and the palace is said to have been built by theKing Kaspaya between 477 and 495 AD. Then after the demise of the king,this place was converted into a Buddhist monastery until the 14thcentury.
This place is simply amazing and is a great place for those visitingSri Lanka to experience the rich cultural past of the country. Visitingthe Sigiriya Mountains, you will be reminded of civilizations likeMohenjodaro and Harappa.
The Sigiriya Mountain is an ultimate place to be in. There areplenty of tourist destinations in Sri Lanka, and this is one of themain attractions in the country for the tourists visiting from otherparts of the world.