Around 70km north of Kandy is the small linear town of Dambulla, unremarkable of itself but home to a terrific group of Buddhist cave temples.
As a Buddhist religious site, it has been occupied by monks continuously since the 3rd century BC, although the current rock painting scheme dates from the eighteenth century, with a lot of like for like repainting since.
The shrines themselves were created between the 1st century BC and the 12th century.
The cave interiors are entirely covered with paintings and stuffed full of statues, both of the Buddha and of some Hindu gods.
The five shrines are sited under an overhang in a rock outcrop that rises 160m above the surrounding plain. A wall was built in front of the overhang to create enclosed spaces and an arcaded passage added, although the current version of that is from the 20th century.
The arcade was a lovely place to shelter during a short but torrential rain storm while I was up there.
The caves are associated with an active contemporary temple at the bottom of the hill which has this massive modern golden statue.
The only way to depict this site in Lego was externally, so inspired by this picture
I built this: