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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. Add Dying Lion of Lucerne Monument to your Lucerne travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Lucerne trip itinerary builder.
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  • This amazing strength and beauty of the monument, located right in the city centre, is dedicated to the Swiss guards who died in the unequal fight defending King Louis 16 during the storming of the Tuileries Palace in the year 1792. One of the surviving Guardsmen decided to perpetuate the memory of dead friends and Lucerne appeared this remarkable monument, which is carved into a sheer cliff and mortally wounded Leo, depicts the front paw of the Heraldic Shield of the French Fleur-de-lis. The monument attracts and cannot leave anyone indifferent, because you feel sorrow and pride for the dead. Symbol Of Lucerne. Before the rock-oval pond and a small park with benches for those who want to linger a bit longer.
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  • Lion Monument a must visit for a Lucerne. Has however many Asians who always come. Be there early is worth.
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  • The first time I saw the Lion Monument, I was thrilled. I had the privilege of seeing again, and recommend this visit, is a different monument, has a soul, even though it is carved in the rock. Not to be missed.
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  • How can a piece of rock be so sobering? Such deep and dramatic emotion has been captured perfectly in this stone facade. This location is always a must do whenever I'm in Switzerland. The monument is also a hot spot for tour buses which can cause the are to be swamped with selfie sticks but don't worry, they disappear as quickly as they arrive.
  • Very easy commute. Just take any tram from the bahnof to lowenstrasse something (2 stops). The monument itself is very nice, but a quick click and tick place. Area surrounding it is good.
  • An amazing sculpture of a dying lion against the backdrop of a sheer cliff. Stunning.
  • Beautiful piece of history in a secluded area. Art achieving it's intended goal as a memorial to the fallen soldiers and a place for reflection I found this awesome quote on Wikipedia while reading up on this Monument: "Mark Twain praised the sculpture of a mortally-wounded lion as 'the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world.' "
  • Great stonework memorial. The detail from all the different angles is amazing.