The winged lion is a symbol of St. Mark. The most common Biblical reference is the fourth chapter of the Book of Revelation, which speaks of a "throne set in heaven" and [KJV]...
 ...out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
 And the first beast was like a lion...
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