Dying Lion of Lucerne, Lucerne

Dying Lion of Lucerne, Lucerne (must see)

The Lion Monument is a sculpture designed by Bertel Thorvaldsen and hewn in 1820–21 by Lukas Ahorn. It commemorates the Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution when revolutionaries stormed the Tuileries Palace in Paris. The American writer Mark Twain (1835–1910) praised the sculpture of a mortally-wounded lion as "the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world."

The monument is carved into the cliff face, it measures a staggering ten meters in length and six meters in height. The Lion Monument is dedicated Helvetiorum Fidei ac Virtuti ("To the loyalty and bravery of the Swiss"). The dying lion is portrayed impaled by a spear, covering a shield bearing the fleur-de-lis of the French monarchy; beside him is another shield bearing the coat of arms of Switzerland. The inscription below the sculpture lists the names of the officers, and approximate numbers of the soldiers who died (760), and survived (350).

Tip:
Go early or come late as there are plenty of tour groups that visit this beautiful monument.
Very modern "self-cleaning" public restrooms can be found on the hill to the right.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Dying Lion of Lucerne on Map

Sight Name: Dying Lion of Lucerne
Sight Location: Lucerne, Switzerland
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walk  

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