Conversation work on Sigiriya Mirror Wall commenced to remove growing fungus

Sri Lanka’s Central Cultural Fund (CCF), the authority managing the historic Cultural Triangle attractions, on the instructions of Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has taken quick measures to remove a fungus growing on a section of the world famous Mirror Wall of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress.

The conservation work on the affected section of the Mirror Wall was started yesterday (05) by the specialists in chemical conservation under the supervision of the Director General of Archeology, Prof. P B Mandawala and the Director General of the Central Cultural Fund, Prof. Priyantha Gunawardena.

High technology cameras will be used to monitor the growth of the fungus and measure the temperature.

When the subject Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam was informed of the risk of the fungus spreading, the Minister instructed the relevant officials to take immediate steps to address the situation with the assistance of foreign consultants to minimize the risk to the Wall.

Commenting on the spread of the fungus, the Director General of the Central Cultural Fund Prof. Prishantha Gunawardena said that this is usually a natural phenomenon with climate change and can be reversed through chemical treatment.

Sigiriya, a World Heritage Site, in North Central Sri Lanka is a rock fortress constructed in the fifth century A.D. by King Kashyapa, who decorated the environs of the fortress with beautiful frescoes. The Mirror Wall rock, named for its shine as a mirror, is made of a type of porcelain. The Wall is covered with poems and verses written by the visitors to the rock and some poems are dating back to the 8th century.

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