The lion of Knidos
Weighing more than 7 tons, this colossal lion comes from a tomb in the ancient cemtery of Knidos, a coastal city in south-west Turkey. The tomb stood on the edge of a cliff overlooking the approach to Knidos harbour. The building itself rose some 18 metres, and its pyramid roof was topped by the lion... ... archaeologists disagree about the date of the tomb and its lion. Some believe it was built 50 years or so after the Mausoleum at Halikarnassos, which dates to about 370-350 BC. Others place it later, in the 2nd century BC.
In 1989, I sailed along the south-west coast of Turkey from Göcek to Bodrum. We stopped overnight at Knidos, which was at the end of a long, lonely peninsula, and felt very remote and ancient. I took just the one photo: www.flickr.com/photos/thesixthland/6678235447/in/photolis...
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