Mythical creature marble statues unearthed in Hierapolis
Published on November 25th, 2013 | by Sevaan Franks0
Archaeologists digging in Turkey have found the guardians of the “Gate to Hell” — two unique marble statues which once warned of a deadly cave in the ancient Phrygian city of Hierapolis, near Pamukkale.
Known as Pluto’s Gate — Ploutonion in Greek, Plutonium in Latin — the cave was celebrated as the portal to the underworld in Greco-Roman mythology and tradition. It was discovered in March by a team led by Francesco D’Andria, professor of classic archaeology at the University of Salento.
Story: Rossella Lorenzi, Discovery News | Photo: Francesco D’Andria