Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Sigiriya, which means Lion Rock, is a 650 foot tall rock that was, from 485 to 495 BC, the fortified palace of King Kasyapa. The palace was heavily fortified and surrounded with two crocodile infested moats.
Kasyapa had assassinated his father and taken the throne from his brother who was the rightful heir. He feared retribution from his brother and lived for eleven years in this palace fortress.
In order to get up to the top, we had to climb about 1,200 steep and uneven steps in 95% humidity. There were lots and lots and lots of steps.