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Aslantaş is Turkish for Lion Rock, and there are 2 of them here guarding the entrance to an ancient Phrygian tomb in Göynüş Valley. The nearest town in Kayıhan, 6 km away. "This monument was carved in the northern vertical wall of a cubic rock, about 11 meters high. The façade of the tomb is decorated with reliefs of two mighty lions. The animals are depicted standing upright on their hind legs, as if preparing to jump. Their jaws are open, solidified in a silent roar.

Between the silhouettes of the standing lions, there is a square entrance to the tomb. The chamber of this tomb was carved on a rectangular plan and is decorated in a sophisticated way. Below, at the feet of the roaring lions, there are much worse preserved reliefs depicting another two lions in a sitting position." The necropolis has been fractured by an ancient earthquake.

More information and photos here:

https://turkisharchaeonews.net/site/g%C3%B6yn%C3%BC%C5%9F-valley-aslanta%C5%9F-and-y%C4%B1lanta%C5%9F

Not a well represented area of Turkey with only 1 other post, so here is another.

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