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Lion Monument

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No visit to Lucerne (some would say Switzerland) is complete without gazing upon the Löwendenkmal (Lion Monument), a 10m-long sculpture carved into a rock face and depicting a dying lion that has been speared and is resting his head upon a shield.

The work (which dates from 1820 and was designed by the renowned Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen) commemorates the death of Swiss soldiers who died during the French Revolution defending King Louis XVI, and is very moving, even when flanked by crowds.

If you want to read a little more, Mark Twain mentions a visit to the monument in his work A Tramp Abroad.


At A Glance

Address:
Denkmalstrasse
Lucerne Lucerne CH-6002
Price:
free
Hours:
24 hours

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