Sky Castle, this is the name of the giant rock “Sigiriya” in Sri Lanka, which is one of the most famous tourist attractions in the country.
The palace located at the top of this famous rock bears more than one name. In addition to its name “Sky Castle”, it is also known as “The Lion’s Castle”. It is an abandoned palace located in the Matali region, and thousands of tourists are attracted to it every year, due to its strange shape and natural design. .
The “Sigiriya” rock, located among large areas of gardens, reservoirs and ancient structures, is 200 meters high, and contains 1,400 steps of stones, which visitors must climb in order to reach the summit that resembles a fortified castle.
The name “The Lion’s Castle” comes from the 600-foot lion statue located in its entrance, and on the upper part of the rock there are remnants of the Sinhalese kingdom, and on its roof there is a great palace filled with trees, and there is also a large lake filled with crocodiles around the rock, which protects The rock is one of the enemies as soon as they reach it, and the castle has legs from below that resemble the legs of a lion.
The Sigiriya Rock is one of the famous tourist destinations, and it is included in the UNESCO cultural heritage list, and its history dates back to 1500 years, by King Kashiba, who designed it to hide in it after killing his father, as he took it as an impenetrable fortress that keeps people away from reaching it.
The city of Sigiriya, is an ancient historical city located about 170 km from Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, in the northeast of the country, and is considered one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. (UNESCO).
It is noteworthy here that the betrayal of King Kashiba, the king of Sri Lanka from 473 to 495, was the reason for the existence of this historical monument. King Kashiba with his love for power and collecting money, but his end was never as he had prepared for it. There on top of that rock and inside his own castle, he decided to commit suicide with a sword after his defeat in front of his brother Muglana, who later became King “Muglana I”.
Kashiba was the eldest son of King Datosina, but he was not the legal heir to the throne, because his mother was not of aristocratic or royal origins, unlike his brother Muglana, who had this advantage, which qualified him to become heir to the throne after his father, and Kashiba for a long time was planning To obtain the ruling by appeasing his father to make this decision, but all his attempts were unsuccessful, so he decided to overthrow his father from power and was helped by Megara, a man of the royal court, who also hated the king, and from here he started planning a coup against the king.