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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Lion Monument Reviews
bellissimo monumento in ricordo dei soldati caduti: cercando la storia, una versione riporta che l'autore non fu pagato per la sua opera per mancanza di fondi, allora per un moto di rivalsa, modificò,... more »beautiful monument in memory of fallen soldiers: looking for history, a version reports that the author was not paid for his work for lack of funds, then for a motion of retaliation, modified, lastly, the shape of the niche where the lion was present (looking at the sculpture, if you go away and notice in its entirety the shape of the niche, this is not circular as from the original design but could recall the shape of a "pig".....)
The Lion Monument, Lucerne, Switzerland; the dying lion was engraved on a rock. The lion represents the Swiss Guard, which was massacred while trying to protect Louis XVI during the French Revolution.... more »
Beautiful monument near the center of town and right next to the glacier gardens (14 minute walk from the train station). Lovely reflective pond next to it that really makes it feel like you are in a forest. Also closer the the Old Swiss House which has good fondue.
It was lovely to be here again ...it was 11years ago that we were last in Lucerne. Then, the lion monument did not have any water in front of the lion as it was empty for cleaning. This time however the water was back and all looked very beautiful. There were quite a few people around but all was very quiet and peaceful.
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