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Dying Lion of Lucerne Monument, Lucerne

Categories: Monuments, Tourist Spots
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4.4/5 based on 2,600+ reviews on the web
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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  • I really enjoyed this piece of art. It's located in front of a pond and if you really look you can see the outline of a pig carved around the statue. You can visit the shopping area near it once you a...  read more »
  • I appreciate the artwork however we found the realistic portrayal of death and agony a bit much, animal lovers beware!!! 
  • Must view with a local or a guide to get the background story to this distraught, beautifully crafted sculpture 
  • Beautiful sculpture. I read the history of it before visiting there. Really moving piece of art. It is located edge of the city, so we walked there. We were lucky the place was not crowded at the time we visited there. Peaceful and very emotional place. A must visit.
  • Gorgeous statue, make sure you inform yourself about the history surrounding this statue, so you'll be able to fully appreciate it. Do expect busloads of tourists, but if you find yourself a spot on one of the benches you'll be able to see past the turmoil and thoroughly enjoy the statue. Do combine your visit to the statue with a visit to the adjoining Gletschergarten and nearby Bourbaki museum.
  • Such a fenomenal sculpture. It tends to be quite calm, even with all tourists visiting it. So come, take a seat, and appreciate this beautiful place.
  • Must see in Lucerne! Impressive sculpture with dito history. It's a lot of fun just watching the tourist groups come and go!
  • Great carving of a lion, much bigger than I originally thought it would be based on photos. Interesting history, commemorating the Swiss guard that were supposed to protect the French royalty and were slaughtered during the French Revolution.
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