The 87th session of the monthly lecture series of the National Trust – Sri Lanka will be held at the HNB Auditorium, 22nd Floor, HNB Towers, 479, TB Jayah Mawatha, Colombo 10 at 6.30 pm on Thursday, August 25.
The fortified landscape city of Sigiriya built in the 5th Century by King Kashyapa is a World Heritage now. At the beginning it was a glorious creation highlighting the Sri Lankan concept of landscape driven architecture. As it went out of royal use and patronage, it faced a rapid decline. Many people visited the site to enjoy the beauty of Sigiriya and wrote on the mirror walls, their feelings about the beauty of the paintings. But with time, during the last 1500 years it went into ruins. The Department of Archaeology started excavation and conservation of the site since the last decade of the 19th Century. Today, it has become a tourist destination with more than 5,000 people visit the site daily. Although this earned revenue, it has accelerated destruction. What will the future hold for Sigiriya?
Prof. Nimal de Silva is the President of The National Trust, Emeritus Professor of Architecture, University of Moratuwa and Director General of the Central Cultural Fund and member of the Advisory Board, Departments of Archaeology and National Museums. Member of the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects, Royal Institute of British Architects and Sri Lanka Council of Archaeologists. Honorary President of ICOMOS (Sri Lanka) and the International President of ICOMOS Scientific Committee on Wall Paintings. Formerly Director of the Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology, Chairman of the Urban Development Authority and National Design Center. He is the author of several books and research publications.