In England we are wishing The Three Lions luck in their World Cup match tonight – but you can even find The Three Lions in the side streets of Venice!
The lion is the symbol of Venice and of St Mark – there are four winged creatures seated at the throne of God representing each of the four evangelists: an angel, a lion, an ox and an eagle.
The lion of St Mark is sometimes depicted with a halo above its head, or one paw resting on the Bible, or with a sword in its paw. The lion symbol of St Mark and Venice also has wings.
The lion is also a common symbol in other cultures and is the symbol of Iran.
As a symbol, the lion signifies courage, strength and leadership.
Tonight in England we are rooting for our Three Lions! Go England!
Featured image: The Three Lions Antica Osteria in Calle Sacrestia, Venice – where you can find gluten-free options on the menu.