Atop the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Sri Lanka #17
Built in the 5th century by King Kashyapa of Anuradhapura, Sigiriya is a 200m high flat-topped rock on top of which is a ruined palace and gardens. Sigiriya, and the city below it functioned as the capital of the Anuradhapura Kingdom until Kashyapa’s death and the defeat of his army; after which the capital returned to Anuradhapura. Sigiriya became a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century, when it was abandoned. In the 16th and 17th centuries, the rock served for brief periods as an outpost of the Kandyan Kingdom before being abandoned again. In 1831, it was discovered by Maj Jonathan Forbes of the 78th Highlanders. Shot for my photo story, In Each Other’s Shadows which ran in the April 2018 issue of Serendib magazine.