Mirror Wall and Sigiri Graffiti

Ruins located in Sigiriya


Mirror Wall

The term Mirror Wall is an attempt at translating the word used by the ancient writers. They used the term Kat Bitha for this wall enclosing a walk or gallery leading up to the Lion Staircase.

The lime plaster of the brick masonry wall had been so highly polished, that the king could see himself whilst he walked alongside it. Today, fifteen centuries later, the shine on this wall can still be seen.


Since Sigiriya was abandoned after Kasyapa's death, visitors had been attracted to it from around the 6th century till about the 13th century. They had come to see the paintings and the palace on the summit and the garden below, even as they do today. Inspired by the wonder they saw, they transferred their thoughts into poetry, which they wrote on the Mirror Wall.

A total of nearly 1,500 writings have now been deciphered. Most of these graffiti were addressed to the ladies in the paintings.