2 lamassu on the western portal of the Gate of All Nations, entrance to Persepolis (modern day Iran). The Lamassu is an apotrope, a mythological creature that wards off evil, originating in Babylonia and Assyria.
didoofcarthage: “ “Excavation of Persepolis (Iran): Gate of All Lands, Colossal Sculptures Depicting Heads of a Bull: View before Excavation, Looking North-East” glass negative Freer and Sackler Archives ”
Persepolis - Iran * The massive palace complex of Persepolis was the glory of the Persian Empire at its peak. After Alexander the Great sacked the palace in 330 B.C., the ruins disappeared into the sands until archaeologists from the University of Chicago uncovered them in the 1930s.
The ruins of Tintagel Castle, Cornwall UK "Steeped in myths and mystery, this is a spectacular place which has inspired artists and writers throughout history who have associated it with the legend of King Arthur and the story of Tristan and Isolde"