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Sri Lanka > Pictures and travelogues > Sigiriya lion gate, throne, and gardens

Pictures from Sigiriya (album 2), Sri Lanka: Lion Gate, the Throne, and the Gardens.

Lion gate in Sigiriya
The Lion gate in Sigiriya with the two preserved colossal paws and the final climbing staircase.

The Lion staircase was the main gateway to the palace on the summit of the Sigiriya rock. The paws and a brick masonry are the only preserved parts of the past giant lion.

The ruins of the ancient fortress and palace lie in a 1.5 ha plateau on the summit of the rock.

The Sigiriya Throne
The so-called Sigiriya Throne on the summit of the Sigiriya rock.

This throne is facing the pool near the ruins of the palace on the summit of the Sigiriya rock. From there, the king watched his wifes and concubines taking a bath in the pool, according to a legend.

The gardens of Sigiriya
The royal gardens and reservoirs of Sigiriya, as seen from the rock (by rainy weather).

The royal gardens of Sigiriya are a main part of this historical site. They include the water gardens, the minature water garden, the boulder garden, and the terraced garden


 

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Sigiriya
This is the official site of Sigiriya with several pictures.

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