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Lion Monument, Lucerne

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Carved in rock to commemorate the Swiss soldiers who died during the French Revolution, the touching Lion 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. Take a look at our Lucerne trip planner to schedule your visit to Lion Monument and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • really something to see all the workmanship that went into this monument. Really something to witness 
    really something to see all the workmanship that went into this monument. Really something to witness  more »
  • We did have some extra time and were close, so did stop by to see this. Had been here before and didn't necessarily need to return, but close - so why not. It is a sight to see and is free and in a....  more
    We did have some extra time and were close, so did stop by to see this. Had been here before and didn't necessarily need to return, but close - so why not. It is a sight to see and is free and in a....  more »
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  • Most stunning monolithic statue in Luzern. A must see for every tourist. A proud landmark and touristic attraction of Luzern. Just to be seated there gazing at the majestic lion absorbing all the emotions brought out by the artist induces one into the beauty, the history and the artistic workmanship of this fascinating lion monument!
  • Beautiful sculpture. Ironic the "hole" cut in the rock to leave this exquisite sculpture is in the shape of a pig because the city council gave the artist such grief over whether the sculpture would be "worthy". Now 200 years later the world is grateful for it's beauty. Must see.

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