Photographer's Note

When I was in school, I was fascinated by archaeological discoveries. I read many books and my favourite was the story about Schliemann.
Heinrich Schliemann was a German businessman and pioneer in the field of archaeology. He was an advocate of the historicity of places mentioned in the works of Homer and an archaeological excavator of Hisarlik, now presumed to be the site of Troy, along with the Mycenaean sites Mycenae and Tiryns. Schliemann claimed that it took him six weeks to learn a language and wrote his diary in the language of whatever country he happened to be in. By the end of his life, he could converse in English, French, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, Swedish, Polish, Greek, Latin, and Arabic, besides his native German.
(I wonder what learning materials were available at that time?)
I was so impressed that I wanted to study archaeology.
Eventually, I am a physicist but my passion for ancient ruins and languages remains. Now, after my Greek trip, I can say that I have seen most of the important ruins in the world. (Unfortunately, there are some that I haven't seen yet).

I suppose that all of you have seen many photos of the Lion Gate in Mycenae. But strange enough, there are only 27 photos on TE.
Lion Gate is the name for the main entrance of what was the Bronze Age citadel of Mycenae in southern Greece. It was erected during the thirteenth century BC, around 1250 BC, in the northwestern side of the acropolis. In modern times, it was named after the relief sculpture of two lionesses in a heraldic pose that stands above the entrance.

The gate is the sole surviving monumental piece of Mycenaean sculpture, as well as the largest surviving sculpture in the prehistoric Aegean. It is the only monument of Bronze Age Greece to bear an iconographic motif that survived without being buried underground.
After 60 years I fulfilled my dream and I saw this amazing gate with my own eyes.

In the main picture, the view of the gate, but from the back side. (Too much red). I preferred this view and it is less known, the lionesses are in the Workshop. In another Workshop, the setting of the fortress.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13401 W: 141 N: 34841] (157280)
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