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Terrace of the Lions in Delos, Greece

Source: Wikimedia commons: Bernard Gagnon

The Terrace of the Lions was dedicated to Apollo by the people of Naxos shortly before 600 BC, had originally nine to twelve squatting, snarling marble guardian lions along the Sacred Way; one is inserted over the main gate to the Venetian Arsenal. The lions create a monumental avenue comparable to Egyptian avenues of sphinxes. Today only seven of the original lions remain. In 1990, UNESCO added Delos to the World Heritage List, citing it as the "exceptionally extensive and rich" archaeological site which "conveys the image of a great cosmopolitan Mediterranean port".

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