TheMagnificent Palace in the Sky
Running from the demons of his past, a king searches for an impregnable fortress to establish his reign and protect his family. Stumbling upon an old monastery built around an imposing rock, he decides to convert it into his citadel. And so begins the extravagant and complex construction of the Palace in the Sky, a monumental feat that still baffles the architects and engineers of today.
King Kashyapa I (473–495 AD) had much to fear from the moment he took on the mantle of supreme ruler of Sri Lanka. He had wrongfully ascended the throne, having imprisoned and then killed his father, the former King Dhatusena. Kashyapa’s younger half-brother and rightful heir to the throne, Prince Moggallana, had fled to India to raise an army in order to exact his revenge on the usurper. The violent actions of the ambitious and power hungry Kashyapa had led to turmoil in the Kingdom of Anuradhapura, the seat of power for the Kings of Sri Lanka from 377BC–1017AD.