The Lion Gate is a monumental construction in ancient Mycenae, Greece. Its modern-day name refers to the two stone lions that originally adorned the top of the monument but were subsequently lost. It is believed that this gate was built around 1250 BC and served as the main entrance to Mycenae’s citadel. The massive structure comprises four megalithic blocks arranged around an open space, creating a grand entrance.
The Lion Gate remains significant for many historical reasons but has garnered attention primarily for its architectural and artistic value. During the Bronze Age, Mycenean art flourished between 15th and 13th centuries BCE, with intricate representations of hunting scenes, religious rituals, nature illustrations and warfare depicted on jewelry or artwork found at her citadels.The gate itself stands out as an iconic symbol of this period because of its fantastic relief sculpture design depicting two lionesses entwined by their tails; standing on their hind legs with paw extended over a block like base.Two Romanesque paintings from St Sernin cathedral in France were made by Eustache de Saint-Pierre Seillans in the late thirteenth century CE inspired from it
Despite being plundered over time, scholars believe that these Lions were given metal heads initially which adorned this imposing ornamentation.Once considered a tomb monument or guardian statue during funerary ceremonies; Roaring felines became mythical creatures representing power and cultural significance throughout antiquity.