Sigiriya is often called the eighth wonder of the world by locals and it might as well be. Built somewhere in 477 B.C, it remains an architectural wonder that attracts many visitors from all over the world and baffles people with its sheer feats of engineering.
Sigiriya is a rock fortress that is situated at the top of a giant rock that rises above a mostly flat plateau about 70 km away from Anuradhapura that holds the famous fortress of King Kashyapa I who seized the throne after murdering his father and hid from his brother by construction one of the architectural wonders of the ancient world.
History of Sigiriya
King Dhatusena of Anuradhapura was betrayed by his illegitimate older son Kashyapa as the throne was supposed to pass to his younger brother born of a royal consort. Kashyapa killed his father and immediately fled the capital for fear of his brother’s retribution. He built an unbreachable fortress around the rock using a clever water system that would flood and create illusions to trick invaders.
History of Pidurangala
There are many stories about Pidurangala, one with the most claim is that it was the place where the monks previously residing in Sigiriya were moved to after Kashyapa built his palace. The hill is home to an ancient temple even today.
Climbing Sigiriya and Pidurangala
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