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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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  • The Lion Monument is extremely thought-provoking and incognito. Moved me so much and with my group. Is a mixture of culture and terror to the lion's eyes. Very visited tourist spot in Lucerne!
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  • The Lion Monument has an impressive design and is a great architectural attraction. Lots of people and coach-tours were here at the time. If you are limited in time, I would not recommend wasting your...  more »
  • The expressive power of this monument is second to none, a must-see! It is a little hidden, but nevertheless very centrally in the old town. Just ask the local residents.
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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.