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Sigiriya should have been named one of the Wonders of the World, long ago, and now there is a proposal to name it as the Eighth Wonder of the Ancient world.

The claim is not merely a boast either , Sigiriya was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. A millennium publication listing the 70 wonders of the world features Sigiriya quite high in the order.

Situated in the Central Provice of Sri Lanka, Sigiriya dates back from over 7,000 years ago, through Pre-Historic to Proto-Historic to Early Historic times, then as a rock-shelter mountain monastery from about the 3rd century BC, with caves prepared and donated by devotees to Buddhist monks.

According to the history the Sri Lankan King Kashyapa built a gigantic fortress on top of this rock in 5th Century A.D. This consists of magnificent geometrically laid gardens, pools, fountains (still working today) as well as oldest surviving murals of maidens has been a palace of the King Kasyapa.

Some of the research has revealed that the original palace was much older than 5th Century A.D (about 5000 years) and it was suppose to be the Kindom of King Ravana (Lankapura).

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