Dying Lion of Lucerne Monument, Lucerne

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Carved in rock to commemorate the Swiss soldiers who died during the French Revolution, the touching Dying Lion of Lucerne 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 Dying Lion of Lucerne Monument and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Good target in Lucerne, which you may or may not, also see would have missed nothing. In an unspectacular place.
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  • This is a must see attraction that is free but gets crowded! The Lion Sculpture is a symbol of the storming of the Tuileries Palace where 300 Swiss guards lost their lives protecting the French King L...  more »
  • Another symbol of Luzern like the Chapel Bridge. Both are free and open to the public. But I prefer this one. The artistry of the majestic animal's death is hard to beat.  more »
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  • Historical place, playing tribute to Swiss soldiers set in solemn surroundings. Is a must see in Luzern and located close to other museums and the historic bridge. Easily accessible by bus.
  • Good symbolic memorial. Excellent carving. Even its small place but well designed wash room.
  • Relaxing place Easy to find The public wc was a really dirty.
  • Great monument, touching, to say the least. Pictures can't convey its size and it is in a small park that is free to visit, anyway, so I do recommend.
  • Its overly crowded and popular b/c its free...and as with many free places/things in switzerland... "certain" tour groups come by the busload, throw cigarette butts and coffee cups everywhere, stand in your photos, refuse to queue at the restrooms, and then leave....

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