The Gallery of Maidens | Sunday Observer

The Gallery of Maidens

25 April, 2021

Two of the main attractions of Sigiriya are reached after climbing a spiral staircase built along the sheer cliff wall. The colourful frescoes of graceful women painted on the side of the rock are the most beautiful and well preserved of ancient Sri Lankan art.

There are references to around 500 of these figures but only 22 of them remain. Some say that they are Apsaras or celestial nymphs while others contend that they are Mahayana deities such as Tara and her attendants. Maiden or deity?



Sehani Wasana

Grade 5 – Dahlia


Walawa Primary School Uda Walawa.