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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,060 contributions
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Jul 2021
The Lion gate is the most famous landmark in all Mycenae and marks the entrance to the prehistoric Citadel above. It is world famous, presented in many art books and brochures and according to the legend built by giant Cyclopes from Asia.
It is the most photographed thing in the complex so be prepared for some waiting to have a perfect pic.
Written September 29, 2021
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1TraveltheWorld
Alice Springs, Australia12,258 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Friends
The Lions Gate, is the main monumental entrance and starting point to the ancient Bronze Age, archaeological site of Mycenae.

This iconic monument of the ancient Mycenaean era, was constructed in the mid-13th century.

The long lost heads of the lionesses, of the triangular entry feature, have been lost and destroyed over time.

It would have been an impressive sight upon entry, through the gate.

A ticketed entry is only 8 Euro.

It includes this ancient military stronghold, the ruined remains of Agamemnon’s Royal Palace, all monuments, the tombs, the museum and all the spectacular, surrounding views from this high vantage point.
Written April 23, 2016
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redeco
Warren, MA9,311 contributions
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Sep 2011 • Friends
The Lion Gate is so called for the pair of lions flanking a single column above the lintel at the entrance to the Citadel of Mycenae. I've seen them in books; I've studied them in art history; I've heard about them throughout my education. But standing beneath these beasts at last is quite a thrill.

The Citadel of Mycenae is completely walled; it's a bronze age palace complex occupied from about 1700 BC to 1100 BC. The Lion Gate was created around 1300 BC as a triumphal entrance to the palace when the walls were reconfigured to include Grave Circle A. The House of Atreus occupied this palace at the time of the Trojan War in 1250 BC, so Agamemnon, Klytmenestra, Helen of Troy, Aegisthos, Orestes, and Elektra all must have passed (just like us) through this gate and looked at these very lions. The concept is mind-boggling.

The gate today is quiet even in high tourist season for Mycenae is a place that requires lots of uphill walking and many visit the museum and call it a day. Make sure you take the time to explore and to savor the ancient stories that surround this particular place with an aura of mystery.
Written November 8, 2011
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PowerTrippers
Cocoa Beach, FL1,463 contributions
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Jun 2018 • Couples
It's amazing that this gate has stood for thousands of years. It must have been really spectacular when the lion heads were still attached. Speculation is the heads were bejeweled and, therefore, plundered. Still, a pretty incredible sight!
Written June 19, 2018
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Dirk W
Alexandra Headland, Australia9,269 contributions
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Jun 2019 • Couples
The picture of The Lion Gate of Mycenae was shown to me in primary school (a loooong time ago) and ever since it fascinated me. Since then, I read ancient Greek history, of which the Mycenaean civilization is such an important forerunner. So, for me, a visit to this iconic landmark felt like a pilgrimage.
Considering it was built in the 13th century BC, it is a most impressive structure. The gate itself is formed by two great monoliths capped with a huge lintel, on top of which the sculpture stands.
We went there just after 6pm, and had the gate all to ourselves ; no tourists and the sunlight was just perfect for photos. Unforgettable experience.
Written July 19, 2019
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Skully
Athens, Greece62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Family
Built in circa 1250BC this amazing structure and work of art may make it's way into the museum from its traditional home in the next year.

If you can go and see it in situ while you can.
Written April 25, 2019
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Diana B
Iasi, Romania1,721 contributions
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Sep 2022
Very interesting piece of archaeology, made of huge slabs of stone, found at the entrance of the ancient city of Mycenae (Mykines).
Written October 12, 2022
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Daniel19721972
Leuven, Belgium786 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
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!
Written August 19, 2021
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doctorbobster
Gainesville, FL971 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Entering the ancient archaelogic site of Mycenae, you walk beneath the Lion Gate, a massive carving that displays exceptional grace and artistry. It is awe-inspiring to reflect that this massive carving endures after three millenia.
Written May 31, 2021
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Margie M
Portland, OR25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We visited Mycenae on the recommendation of a British gent and his friend who are now Greek residents of Nafplio. The ruins themselves are mostly "ruined" so only the foundations remain. However, the exhibits are well documented in English (and Greek) so you get an idea of how big the area was prior to its destruction.
Written October 13, 2019
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