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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 is well worth the stop to see. The monument is truly a work of art. It is set at the end of a street in a like park. Great place to relax and soak in the monument. There is a nice cafe across the...  more »
  • 我跟女友因為買瑞航的促銷機票,必須到瑞士搭機,只有8個小時能去一個地方,我們搭著前往盧森市的火車(沿途非常的漂亮),到盧森市慢慢走睡獅紀念碑,他本身就只是個石雕,公園很小,除非太嫌,不然不建議去,附近有不錯的巧克力鍋就是了  more »
  • When we said we were going to Lucerne, people were saying that we have to see the lion. I googled it and the pictures seemed like an ordinary statue. However, it is in fact monumental. It is a bit bre...  more »
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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.