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'Gate to Hell' guardian statues recovered

Posted on Wednesday, 20 November, 2013 | Comment icon 8 comments

The three-headed dog Cerberus. Image Credit: Felton Bequest, 1920
Two marble statues associated with the recently discovered 'Gate to Hell' cave have been unearthed.
The so-called "Gate to Hell", otherwise known as Pluto's Gate, is a cave that was once considered to be a portal to the underworld. Located in the ancient Phrygian city of Hierapolis, the cave was recently found by a team of archaeologists led by Professor Francesco D'Andria.

Since then, two marble statues have been discovered that are believed to represent the guardians of the cave. One depicts the image of a snake rolled onto itself while the second depicts Cerberus, the infamous three-headed dog and guardian of the underworld in Greek mythology.

The cave earned its reputation because it is filled with deadly vapors that would have spelled doom for anyone unfortunate enough to be thrown inside. "This space is full of a vapor so misty and dense that one can scarcely see the ground. Any animal that passes inside meets instant death," wrote ancient Greek geographer Strabo.

Source: Discovery News | Comments (8)

Tags: Hell, Gate, Turkey

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Still Waters on 20 November, 2013, 13:42
Previous thread -
Comment icon #2 Posted by ancient astronaut on 20 November, 2013, 16:34
Cerberus, cool find.
Comment icon #3 Posted by LimeGelatin on 20 November, 2013, 17:01
No one guards the gates of hell... You are all welcome to go there... And, I feel... The sooner some of you get there the better... Me, personally, I'm trying to get to heaven... The perfect heaven, the one that allows all people of faith to enter... -I know that I know it will be a perfect place...
Comment icon #4 Posted by ExoPaul on 20 November, 2013, 17:07
How do you know nobody guards the gates of hell? They guard a pothole with enough Health and Safety tape and cones and barriers to handle a riot at a Bon Jovi gig, so who said that the gates of hell are not similarly guarded? It won't be the folk in hell guarding it, it will be those who do not want you to go in there!
Comment icon #5 Posted by Mr. Smith on 22 November, 2013, 2:22
The only reason my gate's guarded is to keep out Oprah, Nancy Pelosi and Donald Trump. I don't care where they think they have reservations for. They can have their damn contracts back.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Ugly1 on 22 November, 2013, 2:24
Did anyone else notice how they were lifting the statue out of the water in the slideshow? That was ridiculous. They sure are putting a lot of faith in the integrity of the statue as well as the integrity of the strap being used.
Comment icon #7 Posted by cerberusxp on 23 November, 2013, 4:54
Dang it! They found me! Just try to get out all 3 of my heads will devour them and poop em back to hell.
Comment icon #8 Posted by bassai26 on 24 November, 2013, 12:41
Its thrilling to know what lies beyond...

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