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Photo ban on Sigiriya frescoes

Photographing of the Sigiriya Frescoes will be prohibited from December 30, 2015, Central Cultural Fund Director General Prof. Prishantha Gunawardana told the Daily News.

He said the decision was taken after lengthy discussions, in order to preserve the frescoes and the Archaeological Director has also given his approval for this decision.

"Experts have confirmed that the camera flash is bad for the frescoes. The matter was given serious attention to due to the remarkable increase of visitors to this site " he said.

The Director General said that the number of visitors to Sigiriya had doubled in December 2015 compared to December 2014.

"The number of visitors to Sigiriya in December 2014 was around 54,000. By December 29, 2015 around 98,000 visitors came to Sigiriya and more than 100,000 visitors will come to Sigiriya by the end of December. The number of visitors to Sigiriya during the long weekend from 23-27 was around 45,000." he said.

Gunawardana further added that measures will also be taken to expand the frescoes gallery without damaging the archaeological value of the site allowing visitors to see these paintings from around 7 to 8 meters away from the cave. 


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