Lion Monument, Lucerne

Lion Monument, Lucerne (must see)

The Lion Monument, or the Lion of Lucerne, is a rock relief in Lucerne. It was created in 1820 to commemorates the Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution, when revolutionaries stormed the Tuileries Palace in Paris. It is one of the most famous monuments in Switzerland, visited annually by about 1.4 million tourists.

From the early 17th century, a regiment of Swiss Guards had served as part of the Royal Army of France. On August 10th 1792, revolutionaries stormed the palace. Fighting broke out spontaneously after the royal family had been escorted from the Tuileries to take refuge with the Legislative Assembly. The Swiss Guards ran low on ammunition and were overwhelmed by the revolutionaries who had superior numbers.

Around 760 of the Swiss Guards defending the Tuileries were killed during the fighting or massacred after surrender. An estimated two hundred more died in prison of their wounds or were killed during the September Massacres that followed.

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 "to the loyalty and bravery of the Swiss". The dying lion is portrayed impaled by a spear, covering a shield bearing the symbol of the French monarchy. Beside the lion is another shield bearing the coat of arms of Switzerland.

Mark Twain called the sculpture of a mortally-wounded lion as "the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world."
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Lion Monument on Map

Sight Name: Lion Monument
Sight Location: Lucerne, Switzerland (See walking tours in Lucerne)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Lucerne, Switzerland

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