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Lion Gate, Mycenae

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Lion Gate (Greek: Πύλη των Λεόντων) is the popular modern name for the main entrance of what was the Bronze Age citadel of Mycenae in southern Greece. It was erected during the thirteenth century BC, around 1250 BC, in the northwestern side of the acropolis. In modern times, it was named after the relief sculpture of two lionesses in a heraldic pose that stands above the entrance.
The gate is the sole surviving monumental piece of Mycenaean sculpture, as well as the largest surviving 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. It is the only relief image that was described in the literature of classical antiquity, such that it was well known prior to modern archaeology.
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  • The main entrance to the top of the mycene site well preserved except the lion heads ideal in the afternoon forr taking photos when the sun passes in the other direction!  more »
  • This is the most noted part of this important archaeological site, amazing that it has survived a lot of centuries. Tales of farmers from centuries ago noting the stone gate but with no idea where...  more »

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