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Lion of Kea

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 and it is located a country mile from the center of the village, and reclines regally halfway up a steep slope, smiling at all who come to pay their respects. 
Lion of Kea is carved sometimes prior to 600 BCE and it 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 its comparatively good condition, but also for its strangely sunny demeanor. 
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 whose beauty, long with their lovely island. 


As this was almost always a recipe for disaster in ancient Greece, then 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, but either way, it continues to be a preferred feature on the island it once supposedly destroyed.


This smiley stone feline is meant to represent a mythical lion that almost destroyed the island of Kea.











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