Lion District : Michelin's recommendations
This urban quarter was built in the Hellenistic period. Facing the Sacred Lake is the impressive Terrace of the Lions, a row of famous Archaic lions sculpted in Naxian marble. Originally there were at least nine; only five remain (now replaced by copies); a sixth was removed in the 17C by the Venetians and now stands guard, with a different head, at the entrance to the Arsenal in Venice. These stone animals have long bodies and scarcely perceptible manes; sitting on their haunches at different levels, they give an impression of restrained power. The House of Hermes is named after a fine head of Hermes that was found there. It is a well-preserved two-storey building from the 2C BC; the ground floor includes a vestibule and an inner courtyard bordered on three sides by a portico; stairs lead up to the first floor, which includes a gallery and adjacent rooms. The area also includes the Institution of the Poseidoniasts, an association of merchants and shipowners from Beirut (Lebanon) who worshipped under the aegis of Poseidon; and the quite well-preserved Hellenistic Lake House with a charming pillared court and a cistern. Not to be missed: the Museum, which contains a remarkable series of Archaic sculptures (700-500 BC).
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