Boston loves its lions. From stately lions in our main library to lions that spout water around a flagpole, from stylized lions with wings to lions that proclaim the majesty of the British empire, lions are our pride. Read more
And they're everywhere, even if sometimes you have to look way, way up to see them sometimes. Here's a sampling, starting, of course, with one of the two lions in BPL main library in Copley Square, who quietly commemorate the battles of the Civil War.
Those lions are not the only ones in the library. As you enter, or exit, the old building, look up at the ceiling, where you'll see the names of prominent Bostonians of yore, including Franklin:
Franklin, of course, fought against the British Empire, whose symbolic lion and unicorn still adorn what became the Old State House:
The lions around the Angell memorial fountain in Post Office Square all look like they can't believe they're reduced to spitting up water:
The lions on the World War I memorial wall on the Common by the steps up to the State House, also originally water spouts, don't seem so aghast:
The lion at Old North Church in the North End, however ...
The old Filenes building in Downtown Crossing has tons of lions, all looking like this:
There's also a fierce lion atop the main entrance to 1298 Commonwealth Ave. in Allston:
The lions outside the Copley Plaza Hotel, however, couldn't be bothered to eat arriving guests:
The lions at the Chinatown gate don't seem in a man-eating mood, either:
Boston has some flying lions, including these two on the old BPD headquarters (now Loew's Boston hotel):
You have to look pretty high up to see the flying lions atop the Park Square building that now houses apartments where the Renaissance charter school used to be:
The lion atop the entrance to the Colonial Theatre on Boylston Street probably just saw a good show:
Are there other lions in Boston?