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Frescos of Sigiriya, Sri Lanka.

Updated on September 1, 2007


Sigiriya is a well known archaeological site in Sri Lanka. This consists of a large rock rising almost vertically to about 600 feet. The top of the rock is has a flat area of nearly 3 acres in extent. This area consists of remains of Palace buildins, halls, baths, ponds etc. which ones occupied almost the entire area of the rock top. At the foot of the rock on the western plain there are remains of palace buildings, pleasure garden with ponds, baths etc. In between these two levels the slope had been terraced and used for various buildings. This complex has been built by a king named Kasyapa who usurped the throne after killing his father. This complex had been built to protect him form attack by his brother, who was the lawful heir to the throne. This has been declared as a UNESCO Heritage Site.

View Towards Sigiriya Rock
View Towards Sigiriya Rock


Among the most important features of Sigiriya the Frescos are well known. These have been featured in many tourisim information literature and other books dealing with Sri Lankan heritage. These frescos are seen on the western side of the rock. According to an inscription found here there were 500 paintings. However, only about 29 paintings have been discovered to this date. Almost all the paintings feature beautifull ladies, most of them with bare breasts accompanied by several companions carrying flower baskets. There are many openions regarding the identity of these females. Some say they are divine damsels. some others say they are ladies of the king's court. Some suggest that they were just palace beauties. Few others take them for devotees going to a temple with flowers.

A Fresco found in Sigiriya featuring two beauties.
A Fresco found in Sigiriya featuring two beauties.
3. More Frescos
3. More Frescos


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      manilachamara 3 years ago from Sri Lanka

      During my resent visit ,i have taken around 60 photos of sigiri apsaras/fresco

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      kan 5 years ago


      Great post, I too did some travelling in Sri Lanka in Dec 2011 – Jan 2012 visit my blog for my feedback on the trip and more information! I did a series of Articles here they are, plus when you visit the blog you will find articles on many of the places I visited, please bear with me as I update it with more information. I believe it will take me months to complete most of it!

      Many thanks


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      Nivanthi kaushalya 5 years ago

      the most beautyfull and most wonderfull art that i ever seen in my life

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      Support Med. 7 years ago from Michigan

      Since scientists are making so many new discoveries, maybe they'll find more paintings in the near future. Voted and rated.