A World Heritage Site, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka is located on a plateau 600 feet above ground. This ancient center of worship is especially unique for the famous “Lion Mountain” at the summit of the structure. Poems, which are known as “Sigiri graffiti,” are inscribed on this ancient rock and are considered some of the most ancient texts in the Singalese language.
Another reason this site is so famous is because it was once established as the capital. During a short period of the 5th century AD, King Kassapa I, the sovereign of the time, claimed this spot the capital. After a gruesome battle in 495, which ended in Kassapa’s death, the site of Sigirya was returned to the monks as a holy site.