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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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  • What a beautiful part of Lucerne in a busy area. Tucked away surrounded by nature and park benches. Great spot to stop and take a deep breath. 
    What a beautiful part of Lucerne in a busy area. Tucked away surrounded by nature and park benches. Great spot to stop and take a deep breath.  more »
  • We were able to visit when the river cruise groups had departed. The carving of the lion is striking and the whole place is peaceful. 
    We were able to visit when the river cruise groups had departed. The carving of the lion is striking and the whole place is peaceful.  more »
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  • Lovely oasis in the middle of the town. Entry is free. I highly recommend walking to the different corners and scanning the QR code to learn more about the history. There are many benches to sit and soak in the environment. There is also a WC in the compound. Parking can be easily found across the road in the commercial center. There are also many restaurants close by.
  • Most stunning monolithic statue in Luzern. A must see for every tourist. A proud landmark and touristic attraction of Luzern. Just to be seated there gazing at the majestic lion absorbing all the emotions brought out by the artist induces one into the beauty, the history and the artistic workmanship of this fascinating lion monument!

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