Monday, August 16, 2010
Sri Lanka - Ancient City of Sigiriya
One of the paintings on the wall of an ancient city of Sigiriya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Sent by Ravindra from Nugegoda in Sri Lanka.
Sigiriya is a unique witness to the civilization of Ceylon during the years of the reign of Kassapa I. The site of the 'Lion Mountain' was visited from the 6th century AD, by passionate admirers. The frescoes of Sigiriya inaugurated a pictorial style which endured over many centuries. The poems inscribed on the rock by certain of these admirers, and known as the 'Sigiri graffiti,' are among the most ancient texts in the Sinhalese language, and thus show the considerable influence exerted by the abandoned city of Kassapa I on both literature and thought.