"Lion Monument" Löwendenkmal - Lion Monument Tip by colin_bramso

Löwendenkmal - Lion Monument, Lucerne: 46 reviews and 69 photos

  Lion Monument, Lucerne
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  • Lion Monument, Lucerne - Lucerne
      Lion Monument, Lucerne
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  • The dying lion - Lucerne
      The dying lion
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  • The saddest face. - Lucerne
      The saddest face.
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"The saddest and most moving piece of rock in the world"
Mark Twain

I agree, it is the most moving experience to look at the sad face on the dying lion. It really is a remarkable piece of art, carved out of a solid sandstone cliff-face. The lion's face is unforgettable.

It commemorates more than 700 Swiss officers & soldiers who died defending the Tuileries Palace in Paris during the French Revolution in 1792. They believed that King Louis XVI, Marie-Antoinette and their children were sheltering inside, when in fact they had been smuggled out.

The sculpture was carved in 1820/21 by Bertel Thorvaldsen, a Dane.

Address: Denkmalstrasse 4, 6002 Luzern,
Directions: To the right of Bucherer watch store on the waterfront take Alpenstrasse or Lõwenstrasse to the Löwenplatz, then along Denkmalstrasse. There are signs to the monument.
Phone: +41 41 227 17 17
Website: http://www.luzern.com

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 22, 2007
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