Field Trips, Melbourne, Photography

Visiting Gog and Magog on the Field Trip

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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    • 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.

  1. Tricia's Journals says

    Stunning architecture, interior design and photigraphy!

  2. 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.

    • 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.

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