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Gate Lion

One of the five gate lions found in the so-called "lion pit" in front of the Inner Citadel Gate. It is very likely that along with a missing sixth lion, the three pairs were originally situated on the flanks of the Inner Citadel Gate. The basalt lion is 1.70 m high and 2.63 m long, and currently decorates the entrance of one of the buildings in the Istanbul Archaeology Museum.

B. Bilgin, 2006 B. Bilgin, 2006

Image sources:
Bora Bilgin, 2006.