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“The most ancient sculpture in Europe” 5 of 5 stars
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Lion Gate
Mycenae, Greece
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Ranked #2 of 7 things to do in Mycenae
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“The most ancient sculpture in Europe”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

The gate used to be the entrance to Mycenae. Atop the gate, two lions rampant are carved in stone relief. Very impressive, considering that each lintel weighs over 10 tons.

Visited August 2013
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“Lion gate entrance to Mycenae.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

The Lion Gate or entrance to the ancient city of Mycenae is like many buildings of old. " how did they do this"? The gate is composed of very large stones built on a rise and forms part of the old city wall. This city flourished for about 500 years, ( app 1600 to 1050 bc) and was a rich agricultural and controlling city. The vast Argive plain surrounding Mycenae provided the city with an abundant harvest and this was traded for all manner of goods.
The heraldic lions about 3m high are sculpted out of the common stone and their heads have crumbled away ( or carried away).There are massive blocks of limestone that form the wall and gate and because of the size and weight, it was said that the Cyclopean creatures had helped the Mycenians build the wall.Maybe the townspeople encouraged this yarn as it may have helped keep out undesirables.

Visited August 2013
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“How was it possible?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

It's one the most interesting places in Peloponnese. There are veeery big stones on the lower levels of the wall... But that time there were no tichnologies to move it... Guess, who did it?

Visited September 2012
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Stoupa
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“How famous is this gateway?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

The Lion Gate may now have part of the twin lions at the top missing as they were made of metal (perhaps gold or silver) but it is still so impressive. As you approach the gateway with a huge wall on your left you can marvel at the engineering skills that built these Cyclopean walls ( so called because it is said that the stones are so huge that they could only have been constructed by giants like the famed Cyclops from ancient history).
The gate way itself is impressive and the marks in the form of ruts in the stone show where the many chariot wheels have worn their way. This, of course is only the start to a very impressive archaeological ite that is Mycenae.

Visited May 2013
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“Good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Good. The ruins /fort was good and is full of History (Entire Greece is.............) so was a good experience. Did enjoy all the places on the argolis day tour but thebest was Nafpoli - wished had stayed overnight at Nafpoli

Visited June 2013
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