Terrace of the Lions, Delos
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The terrace of Lions, situated on the western side of the Sacred Lake and the Agora of the Italians, was dedicated by the Naxians in the late seventh century BC.
The statues of the lions you see in the photo above are all reproductions. The originals are housed in the museum (right).
We can now see on five of the lions, but there used to be more, between 9 and 16. One of the lions was brought by the Venetians to their city in 17th century, and now we can see it in Arsenale.
All the lions are looking toward the East, to the direction of the Sacred Lake where Apollo was said to be born (the lake has been emptied of water for hygenical reasons.
- Photini Zaphiropoulou, Delos: Monuments and Museum, Athens : Krene, 1993, pp. 125-26.
- Robin Barbar, Greece (Blue Guide), London- N.Y. 2001 (Revised reprint of the 6th edition of 1995), p. 657.
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