Talk about placing oneself on a pedestal. According to ancient Sri Lankan chronicles, the 200-meter tall Sigiriya Rock stood high enough over the masses to prove fit for the then-king Kasyasa’s residence. There, Kasyasa marked his regal territory with impressive frescoes and, of course, an opulent lion gateway. Today, the site has been abandoned by royalty but maintains its renown by comprising part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. As it happens, Sigiriya Rock is one of the best-preserved examples of ancient urban planning in the world.