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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 2.75 m. long, and currently decorates the entrance of one of the buildings at Istanbul Archaeology Museum.

B. Bilgin, 2006 B. Bilgin, 2006

Image sources:
Bora Bilgin, 2006.