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St. Augustine Loves Lions brings you authentic replicas of the statues on the Bridge of Lions. If you love St. Augustine, Florida and you crave timeless home decor, you're in the right place.

I'm Gail Kraker, founder of St. Augustine Loves Lions. I moved to St. Augustine Beach with my hubby, Jeff, in 2011. Like many of you, I fell in love with the lions on the bridge. I searched high and low for replicas of the lions for a year and was amazed they couldn't be found. I wondered about it for three years then finally took matters into my own hands. It took another full year to seek out what I believe are the best statue-makers on the planet to get the lions replicated just the way I knew you would want them and to finally make them available to you. The lions and my customers are my passion and I strive to provide you with the best lions and customer support possible. Jeff helps me by taking your orders to the post office and critiquing my packing :-) Thank you for taking the time to visit our website.

What some of our wonderful customers are saying:

"Finally something that is of high quality that reflects the beauty of My Town." Eric

"We have been receiving compliments from all who have seen them in our home." Carmen

"The lions were better than advertised, shipped super quickly, were very well packed and look great! The customer service is also excellent." Mark

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Here's why you're going to love these lions too!

  The first and only marble replicas of the St. Augustine lions, Faithful and Firm. 

  Made of genuine Carrara marble same as the originals on the bridge.

  Hand cast then hand-sculpted by Old World artisans in Staffordshire, England.                                              

  Resemble the lions on the bridge in every way down to the inscription along                                                     
         their sides.                    

  Made with the utmost attention to detail using a difficult and dying art of hand 
         casting and sculpting by artisans who supply some of the most prestigious
         European galleries and art museums.                                                       

  Will look as beautiful decades from now as the day they arrive at your door.         

  Come in a charming size that will grace your mantle, coffee table or bookshelf                                                     
         just like the real ones adorn the bridge.

  Each lion is 5 1/2" L x 3 1/2" W x 6" H with a weight of over 2.5 lbs each that
         feels compact yet solid in hand.                                                 

  Equipped with tiny pads on the bottoms to protect your furniture. 

  A timeless gift for a true blue St. Augustine lover. Birthdays, weddings,
         anniversaries, Mother's Day, Father's Day, graduation, housewarming, holidays or
         any days.  

 Made exclusively for St. Augustine Loves Lions

 Buy with confidence. We're local to St. Augustine and we care about you.

        You have our 100% money-back guarantee if returned within 14 days of receipt.
        We'll even pay your return shipping. That's how sure we are you're going to love
        your lions!                                          

Authentic, high quality sculpture is extremely rare, but if you understand the joy of bringing a piece of quality art into your home, you'll cherish these lions forever. And if you want the ultimate in St. Augustine decor, these lions are it.

Our supply is limited. Buy your lions now so you won't be disappointed. Find out why our customers keep coming back for more - and why they keep sending their friends to us!                                                                           

 

Also available at:
St. Augustine
Visitor Information Center 
Gift Shop
Corner of W. Castillo Dr. and San Marco Ave.
10 W. Castillo Drive, St. Augustine, FL, 32084
(904) 825-1000

 

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When Ferdinando I de’Medici, Tuscan royalty, sought to add a touch of majesty to his palatial gardens, he commissioned a pair of marble lions to stand guard.

Now, 5059 miles away from Rome, Medici lions are beloved icons of the oldest city in the U.S., St. Augustine, Florida

For scores of us who call this quaint, oceanside town home and for those who love to visit, the St. Augustine marble lions, Faithful and Firm, are an unforgettable identity of the place we know and love. So much so that even the famous bridge the lions guard is called the Bridge of Lions.

You can now bring ALL that you adore about St. Augustine to your very living room with your own set of St. Augustine lions replicas.

Our Medici lion figurines resemble St. Augustine’s monumental lion statues in every way. They come in a charming size that will grace your mantle, coffee table or book shelf just like the real ones adorn the bridge.

Cast in Carrara marble and hand-cast by European statue-makers using a dying art of classic hand-casting and sculpting, you will appreciate how everything is inspired by the original lions right down to the inscriptions on the base. St. Augustine’s rustic beauty and warmth are what make the lions special. And just like the town, it’s easy to fall in love with these statuettes in an instant. 

You will not find these replicas offered by anyone else. They're custom-made for St. Augustine Loves Lions by Old World artisans who supply artworks to some of the most prestigious European galleries and art museums.

Bring the Pride of St. Augustine into your home.

Please note: Our supply is limited. Order your lions now to avoid disappointment.

Why Marble?

You will find that most statuettes today are made with resin or a composition of resin and some other material. This is why they yellow with age and exposure to daylight.

The St. Augustine lions statuettes are special in every way. They are made of 90% Carrara marble, the same marble the originals boast of. They contain zero resin, plastic or other inexpensive binder. The lions are crafted using a decades-old method used specifically by artisans using high quality materials. Your lions will retain their majestic white marble look and feel to be cherished for generations.


Medici Lion Statuettes

St. Augustine Loves Lions is a labor of love born out of pure admiration for the city of St. Augustine. Gail Kraker is the heart and mind behind the venture. When she, hubby Jeff, and their three coconut retrievers moved to the sunshine town in 2011, she fell in love with the lions on the bridge like many others.                                          

After a year of extensive hunting for replicas for her home, Gail was disappointed to come up with naught. She realized other St. Augustine lovers must be equally disappointed.

For three years she wondered why then made it her mission to bring the first and only replicas to all who want the Ancient City’s majestic lions in their own homes.

It took a full year and was no easy task. Gail wanted the statuettes to be made of Carrara marble, just like the lions on the bridge. She looked into statue-makers for months and was unhappy with the quality of what she saw. She gave up. Then one day, on a lark, she made just one more search. To her surprise, she came up with the perfect statue-makers in Staffordshire, England. They make Carrara marble statues for some of the most prestigious galleries and art museums in Europe. 

She worked with the statue-makers for eight grueling months to make sure the statues are true replicas of the lions on the bridge, down to having the same inscription along their sides. It took three expensive iterations for the artisans to make the lions just the way Gail knew you would want them. 

It took another two months to get the first order from the statue-makers. You see, the artisans are sought after and busy. It takes time for them to get to the next order. Then each set of lions comes from a single set of molds, which means only one set of lions can be cast per day. It then takes the artisans time to do the fine hand-sculpted details on the lions.

Two months after the first order arrived, the photos and website were completed and Gail was ready to bring you the Ancient City icons you’ve been searching for. 

She hopes you’ll love the little lions as much as she does. 

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