Hamedan Stone Lion

The stone lion of Hamedan (Shir -e Sangi) is a historical monument in Hamedan, Iran.

The stone lion -one part of the 'Lions Gate'- sits on a hill where a Parthian era cemetery is said to have been located.

When first built, this statue had a twin counterpart for which they both constituted the old gate of the city. During the Islamic conquest of Persia, the victorious Arabs referred to the gate as "bab ul-asad" (the lions gate).

The gates were demolished in 931CE as the Deylamids took over the city.

Mardāvij unsuccessfully tried transporting one of the lions to Ray. Angered by the failure to move them, he ordered them to be demolished. One lion was completely destroyed, while the other had its arm broken and pulled to the ground. The half demolished lion lay on its side on the ground until 1949, when it was raised again, using a supplemental arm that was built into it.

Iran's Cultural Heritage Organization reports that the lions were first thought to have been built by the orders of Alexander the Great to commemorate the death of his close companion Hephaestion. Fact|date=May 2007

References=

*"Simaye Miras-i Farhangi-i Hamedan", Iran Cultural Heritage Organization, ISBN 964-7483-68-6, 2003


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Hamedan — Infobox City official name = Hamadan native name = همدان nickname = former name = province name = Hamadan Province motto = imagesize = image caption = Avicenna s monument in Avicenna Square in Hamadan image mapsize = map caption = pushpin pushpin …   Wikipedia

  • Hamadan Province — استان همدان   Province   Locati …   Wikipedia

  • Asadabad, Iran — For the administrative subdivision, see Asadabad County. Asadabad اسدآباد   city   …   Wikipedia

  • Malayer — For the administrative subdivision, see Malayer County. Malayer ملاير   city   Sayfieh Park of Malayer …   Wikipedia

  • Alvand — For the city in Iran, see Alvand, Iran. For the Iranian frigate Alvand, see Iranian frigate Alvand. For the village in Azerbaijan, see Əlvənd. Alvand …   Wikipedia

  • Nahavand — For the administrative subdivision, see Nahavand County. Nahavand نهاوند   city   …   Wikipedia

  • Asadabad County — Kabudarahang Gol Tappeh Shirin Su …   Wikipedia

  • Malayer County — Kabudarahang Gol Tappeh Shirin Su …   Wikipedia

  • Nahavand County — Kabudarahang Gol Tappeh Shirin Su …   Wikipedia

  • Damaq — دمق   city   …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”