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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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  • It was a little walk to get there but not too far at all from the main city It's a lovely monument to see and a little bit differently than others  more »
  • The Lion Monument is not easy to find. We ended up asking four people for directions, but once you find it it is unforgivable.  more »
  • Nice place to visit. The lion has a interesting story behind it. Better go visit in day time. They are currently building something in front of the lion, don’t know how long it will take
  • Oh so sad the lion looked. The famous statue of the dying lion is a must visit if you are in Luzern. It is a short walk from the City Centre. Currently, the surroundings are being renovated and you can see the lion from a viewing platform. There is the Glacier Garden right beside the monument.

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