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Lion Monument
Top 3 in Can't Miss Attractions

4.4/5
554 Reviews
Monument
Open Open 24 hours
Recommended Sightseeing Time: 15-30 minutes
Address: Denkmalstrasse 4, Lucerne 6006, Switzerland
Phone: +41-41-2271717

What people are saying:

There are not many historical attractions in Lucerne, and the dying lion seems to be one of the more famous. The sculpture of the lion is located in a small park near Lake Lucerne. In the statue, a tall lion fell to the ground in pain, with an arrow inserted deep into its back, and beside it was a shield with the Swiss national emblem. This statue was created to commemorate the thousands of Swiss mercenaries who died in the battle to defend the Tuileries Palace in Paris in 1792.

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Introduction

The Lion Monument, aka the Lion of Lucerne, is a rock relief commemorating Swiss Guards massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution. The giant sculpture is 6 m high and 10 m long. The upright wall of rock is the remains of a quarry exploited over centuries in the building of Lucerne. The statue sees a regal lion dying from a spear wound which is marked by a shield bearing the emblem of the French monarchy. Mark Twain once described the monument as “the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world.” Standing there, it is impossible not to feel a sense of grief and wonder. It's a truly moving experience.
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