The ruins of the capital built by the parricidal King Kassapa I (477–95) lie on the steep slopes and at the summit of a granite peak standing some 180m high (the 'Lion's Rock', which dominates the jungle from all sides). A series of galleries and staircases emerging from the mouth of a gigantic lion constructed of bricks and plaster provide access to the site.

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Ancient City of Sigiriya

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DATA

Region
Asia and the Pacific
Country
Sri Lanka 
Category
Cultural
Name
Ancient City of Sigiriya
Selection Criteria (?)
(ii)(iii)(iv)
Year of Registered
1982
Keyword
Registered in 1982