Lion Gate, Mycenae

The Lion Gate was the main entrance of the Bronze Age citadel of Mycenae, southern Greece. It was erected during the 13th century BC, around 1250 BC in the northwest side of the acropolis and is named after the relief sculpture of two lionesses or lions in a heraldic pose that stands above the entrance.
The Lion Gate is the sole surviving monumental piece of Mycenaean sculpture, as well as the largest sculpture in the prehistoric Aegean. It is the only monument of Bronze Age Greece to bear an iconographic motif that survived without being buried underground, and the only relief image which was described in the literature of classical antiquity, such that it was well known prior to modern archaeology.
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  • If You have held in your hands at least one guide to Greece, then you have probably already seen the Lion's gate. But in reality, they are still more impressive, even if they don`t look like the...  more »
  • The Lion Gate is the entrance to the architectural site of Mycenae. It is well kept and historic and the entrance to a special site.  more »

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