Sirigiya is an ancient fortress in central Sri Lanka built on and around a pillar of rock over 600 feet high. In the late fifth century. a royal palace was built on top of the rock, protected by a gateway in the form of a giant lion halfway up the side. Today, the site consists of the ruins of the palace on top of the rock and the paws and steps of the lion gate (the lion’s head collapsed centuries ago), as well as a former “mirror wall” with frescoes still visible.