This was built by King Kasyapa, a son of King Dhatusena, As to legend, King Dhatusena was defeated and killed alive by Kasyapa (477-495 AD). Mogallana, Dhatusena\'s other son by the true queen fled to south India, vowing revenge. Fearing an attack from Moggallana, Kashyapa moved the capital and his residence from the traditional capital of Anuradhapura to the more secure Sigiriya. During King Kashyapa’s reign, Sigiriya was developed into a complex city and fortress. Mogallana finally arrived and declared war. During the battle Kashyapa\'s armies abandoned him and he committed suicide by falling on his sword. Later then King Muggallan moved the capital again to Anuradhapura. Sigiriya later became a monastic refuge until the thirteenth or fourteenth century. Sigiriya, the spectacular \'Lion rock\' fortress, stands majestically overlooking the luscious green jungle surroundings, and is one of Sri Lanka\'s major attractions. The Sigiriya site has the remains of an upper palace sited on the flat top of the rock, a mid-level terrace that includes the Lion Gate and the mirror wall with its frescoes, the lower palace that clings to the slopes below the rock, and the moats, walls and gardens that extend for some hundreds of meters out from the base of the rock. The splendor of the palace still furnishes a stunning insight into the talent and creativity of its builders. The upper palace on the top of the rock includes cisterns cut into the rock that still retain water. Sigiriya is located in the Matale district in the central province. It is within the cultural triangle, been one of the seven world heritage sites of Sri Lanka.
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