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Visiting Gog and Magog on the Field Trip

Royal Arcade

One of the laneways, or rather arcades we went through on our field trip has some strange residents.

This is the Royal Arcade, another one of Melbourne’s beautiful old arcades.  The architecture is simply stunning.  If you look in the middle of the image you can see the residents I was talking about.

I would like to introduce you to Gog and

Magog.

They ring their bells every quarter hour, I think.  It has been a while since I have stayed to listen.

This is the clock and I am going to let you know what that sign underneath actually says.

These two 7-feet giants have been striking the time on Gaunt’s clock since 1892.  They were carved from clear pine and modelled on the figures erected in Guildhall, London, in 1708 to symbolise the conflict between the ancient Britons and the Trojan invaders.

Mythology tells of the giants Gog and Magog (also known as Corineus and Gogmaga) having been captured in battle by the Trojans and made to serve as porters at the gateway of an ancient palace on a site later occupied by the Guildhall.  It is traditional fo Gog to stand to the north and Magog to the south.

So there is Gog and Magog.  I hope you are happy about meeting them.

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10 Comments Post a comment
  1. Oooh, how cool! I love old clocks.

    March 25, 2012
    • My girls used to love them when they were little. That are really cool.

      March 26, 2012
  2. I would love to go wandering around there! So beautiful.

    March 26, 2012
    • Anytime, come to Melbourne and I will show you around, LOL. It is pretty good, of course, I only show you the beautiful, stuff, though there is some weird stuff coming up too.

      March 26, 2012
  3. Tricia's Journals #

    Stunning architecture, interior design and photigraphy!

    March 26, 2012
    • I think when you have fantastic architecture the photography is easy.

      March 26, 2012
  4. I’ve been living in Melbourne for about 14 years and never noticed Gog or Magog! Now I’m going to go and check them out.

    March 26, 2012
    • Then you should go and see them. They just stand there waiting for people to notice them.

      March 26, 2012
  5. In South Africa ‘Gogo’ or ‘Magog’ means Granny or old one! :)

    March 26, 2012
    • That is pretty funny. Love it when a word in one country means something completely different in another. Though the statues could be like old ones.

      March 26, 2012

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