Archaeological remains and features

The Sigiriya site contains the ruins of an upper palace located on the flat top of the rock, a mid-level terrace that includes the Lion Gate and the mirror wall with its frescoes, the lower palaces located behind the lavish lower gardens, and moats and ramparts which protected the citadel. The site was both a palace and a fortress. The upper palace on the top of the rock includes cisterns cut into the rock.

Ancient paintings (frescos)

It is a popular tourist destination, also known for its ancient paintings (frescos), very similar to those in the Ajanta Caves of India.

Mirror Wall

Originally this wall was so highly polished that the king could see himself whilst he walked alongside it. Made of brick masonry and covered in highly polished white plaster, the wall is now partially covered with verses scribbled by visitors, some of them dating from as early as the 8th century.

Royal Bathing Pool at the top of Sigiriya Rock Fortress, aka Lion Rock, Sri Lanka. This is a photo of the Royal Bathing Pool at the top of Sigiriya Rock Fortress, aka Lion Rock, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka. Sigiriya Rock is easily the most popular tourist attraction in Sri Lanka.


The Gardens of the Sigiriya city are one of the most important aspects of the site, as it is among the oldest landscaped gardens in the world. The gardens are divided into three distinct but linked forms: water gardens, cave and boulder gardens, and terraced gardens.

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