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  • Alex Gillam

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka’s Ancient Rock Fortress

An ancient civilization set atop one of the most dramatic outcroppings in all of Southeast Asia, Sigiriya is an intricately carved, geological masterpiece without compare.

After passing through one of the world’s oldest landscaped gardens, it quickly becomes obvious why Sigiriya is also known as the Lion Rock: just as it did over a thousand years ago, the ascent to the top begins through the open paws of a Lion, and after climbing through a series of frescoe-laden tunnels, visitors emerge through the mouth of a Lion. At the peak, spectacular, panoramic views of the surrounding countryside await those who make the climb.

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