Major Jonathan Forbes 🤔 does the name ring a bell? 📸 A beautiful view from the awesome gallery @vitor.esteves 🙏🏻 His travel photos in Sri Lanka are most intriguing ❤️
In 1831 Major Jonathan Forbes of the 78th Highlanders of the British army, while returning on horseback from a trip to Pollonnuruwa encountered the bush covered summit of Sigiriya, the fortress in the clouds 😍 .
His discovery of the the ruins of Sigiriya lead to many archaeological excavations and studies. The restoration and preservation work and reports are continuously monitored by the Archaeological Dept and reported to the World Heritage Committee for maintenance of it's heritage status 🙏
Sigiriya came to the attention of antiquarians and, later, archaeologists. Archaeological work at Sigiriya began on a small scale in the 1890s. H.C.P. Bell was the first archaeologist to conduct extensive research on Sigiriya. The Cultural Triangle Project, launched by the Government of Sri Lanka, focused its attention on Sigiriya in 1982. Archaeological work began on the entire city for the first time under this project. There was a sculpted lion's head above the legs and paws flanking the entrance, but the head collapsed years ago 😍
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Source : Forbes, Jonathan. Eleven Years in Ceylon. London: Richard Benley, 1841.
Happy New Year✨I spent my New year holidays in Sli Lanka charging great energy from Sigiriya Rock where used to be a royal palace of ancient kings🌴 #srilanka#sigiriyarock#年越し#スリランカ#シーギリヤロック#お正月#海外旅行