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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Lion Monument Reviews
This is a quite superbly carved lion and it is quit moving. Apparently this piece of sculpture commemorates the Swiss Guards who defended the Pope. more »
The lion statue in itself is an beautiful work of art, and therefore a must for any site seer to Luzern. Carved from the rock of an impressive hill side, with a small pool in the foreground. What... more »
Beautiful lion monument stone work. Looks a lot bigger in pictures than real life size. When visiting location was undergoing remodeling. Would recommend if your near by but wouldn’t go out of the way to just come see this.👍🏼
It's a nice little green spot with a beautiful view onto the "Löwendenkmal". A little tip: If you think there are too much people, just go up the little hill (after entering through the entrance gate, on the right side). Most people just walk on the pavement and thus you can't see anything; but nearly no one walks up that small hill.
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