Lion of Kea is the leading tourist attraction in Kea. And we do not think anyone leaving the island without having seen the laughing lion. Lion of Kea is an ancient statue that has come to light over the years. It is located a country mile from the center of the village. And it reclines regally halfway up a steep slope, smiling at all who come to pay there respects.

Lion of Kea is carved prior to 600 BCE. The Lion of Kea is massive 6 meter long rock, by an unidentified artist from an indefinite period. This powerful but friendly fellow holds his own secret. Lion of Kea lounging near a Grecian hilltop. The ancient stone Lion of Kea is amazing not only for it’s comparatively good condition, but also for it’s strangely sunny demeanor.

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Lion of Kea is a natural stone slab, and few people say it is created by Acropolis. Alternately recognized as the Lion of Loulis, the beast is a chosen among both tourists and locals who’ve named the lion, “Liontas.” The creature’s ancient existence, if not his odd smile, are thought to be linked to the local mythology.

Some legend says; the island of Kea was once home to population of water nymphs who’s beauty, long with there lovely island. As this was almost always a recipe for disaster in ancient Greece, than sent a lion to lay waste to the island. The lion statue remembers the fabled kerfuffle to this day.

No one is sure whether the smile on the lion’s face is an intentional feature or just the product of hilarious weathering. However in either way, it continues to be a preferred feature on the island it once supposedly destroyed. The smiley stone feline is meant to represent a mythical lion that almost destroyed the island of Kea. 

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Originally posted 2016-08-25 11:15:46.

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