SRI LANKA TRAVELOGUE – DAY 3 – SIGIRIYA – THE SKY PALACE

by Antonio Gil May. 15, 2019 1040 views
Detail of the Sky Palace with the mountains in the background,

Detail of the Sky Palace with the mountains in the background,

The forest on the other side

The forest on the other side

Detail from the forest

Detail from the forest

The gardens down below

The gardens down below

Playground for monkeys

Playground for monkeys

♫♫ Sigiriya - UNESCO World Heritage Site ♫♫

The crowning glory of Sigiriya was the Sky Palace located on the summit of the massive 200 meter high Sigiriya Rock. It was the geometrical center of the city built by King Kasyapa (ruled 477 — 495 AD) in what was then virgin forest. In its heyday 1600 years ago, it was indeed a breathtaking sight. Visible for miles around, the Sky Palace appeared to float above the treetops as though on a gleaming white cloud. This was innermost sanctum of Kasyapa's fortress. It is where, according to the ancient chronicles, he lived like the god "Kuvera in Alakamanda", the mythical city of the gods.

The Sky Palace served two purposes. Firstly it was a grandiose statement of the power and wealth of Kasyapa its builder. Secondly, it was a royal residence. Only the king, queen, and a small retinue of staff lived there.

This palace was mainly used during the hot dry season. Given its high elevation of nearly 360 meters above sea-level, it would have been a cool and comforting place. During the wet monsoon season, with torrential rains and high winds, the lower palaces were most likely used.

https://panique.com.au/sigiriya/sigiriya-sky-palace.html

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Jane Arrietty 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Wow, what an amazing place! Stunning views.

8 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Jane Arrietty 8 months, 3 weeks ago

It sure deserves to be visited. Thanks for all the likes dear Jane

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Aleksandra Górna Ozdemir 10 months ago

So green and peaceful

10 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Aleksandra Górna Ozdemir 9 months, 2 weeks ago

A place that deserves to be visited dear Aleksandra. Thank you so much

9 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
José Manuel 10 months, 2 weeks ago

#3 +1+1 #3 #1 +1

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
José Manuel 10 months, 2 weeks ago

#7 #4 +1+1

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
José Manuel 10 months, 2 weeks ago

#1 +1+1+1+1

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to José Manuel 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Valeu a pena todo o esforço. Obrigado Zé

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Ram Ya 10 months, 2 weeks ago

I climbed Sigiriya last year and it was one of the best hiking experiences with amazing views. Antonio, did you also get to climb the Pidurangala rock that is pictured here? The views from it are also amazing.

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Ram Ya 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Good to know someone had the same pleasure i did after getting up there Ram. smile Unfortunately I had no time to climb Pidurangala although I did see some pictures taken from its summit and it was a gorgeous sight too. Thanks my friend

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Russell Smith 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Beautiful landscapes . Looks quite serene .

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Russell Smith 10 months, 2 weeks ago

It was rather serene my friend. Thank you

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Marsha 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Gorgeous landscapes, Antonio...my faves are the ones with the mysterious looking mountains in the distance - very moody. Love this post!

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Marsha 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind words dear Marsha

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Olga Helys 10 months, 2 weeks ago

#1 so WONDERFUL indeed!

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Olga Helys 10 months, 2 weeks ago

I loved this view and this place. thanks my friend

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Dannii L 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Wow, absolutely stunning!
May need to add this to my list of where to visit

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Dannii L 10 months, 2 weeks ago

I hope you do because it deserves a visit. Thanks for stopping by Dannii smile

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Bethany Plonski 10 months, 2 weeks ago

What magnificent views, so beautifully captured! The monkey in the foreground of #1 is such a great detail. Thank you for sharing these.

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Bethany Plonski 10 months, 2 weeks ago

My pleasure dear friend. A view I will never forget

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Andi Saw 10 months, 2 weeks ago

WOW blue heart

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Andi Saw 10 months, 2 weeks ago

That's the right word smile

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Björn Roose 10 months, 2 weeks ago

The colours in #3 look almost painted. Nice shots, Antonio !

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Björn Roose 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you dear Björn. I had to edit that way because the sun was very bright when I took the picture. smile

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Björn Roose Replied to Antonio Gil 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Don't give away your secrets too easy, Antonio smile

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Jay Boggess 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Wow! Amazing series of this place. Fascinating info too!
But, like every man-made “heaven on earth” they do finally reach their expiration date....and the party is over....

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Jay Boggess 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Oh yes, no one stays here to enjoy an eternal party. smile Thanks dear friend

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Varsha Arun 10 months, 2 weeks ago

WOW !!!! #1 is breathtaking! Your pictures make me want to immediately go there. What a view it must have been to behold

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Varsha Arun 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much dear Varsha. If you can you have to go there. It's unforgettable smile

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Varsha Arun Replied to Antonio Gil 10 months, 2 weeks ago

One day I surely will! Till then, your photos will keep me content relaxed

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Berckmans Peter 10 months, 2 weeks ago

These are some impressive views. A bit like jungle book.

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Berckmans Peter 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Exactly. Thanks for the hint my friend.

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Camellia Staab 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Absolutely beautiful photos! They look like paintings. What a view!!

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Camellia Staab 10 months, 2 weeks ago

A view I will never forget. Thanks a lot my friend smile

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Abigail Gossage 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Some very beautiful landscape photos in this set!

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Abigail Gossage 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks Abigail. This was a fantastic place

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Heike 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Stunning ! Soo beautiful. This view is really worth the climbing!

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Heike 10 months, 2 weeks ago

It sure was my friend. Thank you

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Francesc 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Fantastic images

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Francesc 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks dear friend.

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
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