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Lion Monument, Lucerne

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Carved in rock to commemorate the Swiss soldiers who died during the French Revolution, the touching Lion Monument inspired Mark Twain to call it "the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world." Designed by Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen in 1819, the colossal monument depicts a mortally wounded lion taking his final breath in a sheltered stone lair, his front paws resting against the broken symbols of the French monarchy. Surrounded by lush trees, the dying lion seems far removed from the city's noise, his facial expression one of heart-rending agony. Don't forget your camera. Take a look at our Lucerne trip planner to schedule your visit to Lion Monument and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Beautiful! I enjoyed seeing this solemn monument. It shows a sad (dying) lion representing the massacred Swiss Guards. I have to agree with Mark Twain. It is "the most mournful and moving piece of... 
    Beautiful! I enjoyed seeing this solemn monument. It shows a sad (dying) lion representing the massacred Swiss Guards. I have to agree with Mark Twain. It is "the most mournful and moving piece of...  more »
  • We were glad we made time to see the lion monument while in Lucerne. Beautiful setting, nice atmosphere, and it’s easy to get to. It’s a must-see if you’re in the area! 
    We were glad we made time to see the lion monument while in Lucerne. Beautiful setting, nice atmosphere, and it’s easy to get to. It’s a must-see if you’re in the area!  more »
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  • We were going through the centre of Luzern one day evening. And it was magical. Some parts of town has fairy-tale atmosphere, like these on the pics. On the first one is statue, on the second one toilets next to the statue and on the last one is café situated just in front of the statue area. I wish everyone enjoy the attractive place.
  • A huge sculpture of lion carved from the stone. Although the history is very sad but it is a majestic piece of art work that you see here. A big respect to the people for the memory of whom it was constructed. It is a part of the walking tour that you take with your guide in the city, so you are well informed about the history behind it. Really impressive.

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