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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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  • In a lovely and tranquil setting, it’s a great monument and one of the country’s most famous and visited. Interesting to learn that it was actually designed by renowned Danish sculptor Bertel... 
    In a lovely and tranquil setting, it’s a great monument and one of the country’s most famous and visited. Interesting to learn that it was actually designed by renowned Danish sculptor Bertel...  more »
  • The monument is easy to reach if you are using google map, read the history of it before the visit if you are without a guide, always a crowd around, better to visit the place early to enjoy the... 
    The monument is easy to reach if you are using google map, read the history of it before the visit if you are without a guide, always a crowd around, better to visit the place early to enjoy the...  more »
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  • The place is very calm and relaxing. You can sit down and have a good rest watching the lion monument. It's an incredible art carving on the rock. Its free so it's worth paying a visit. But the museum have to pay.
  • Not all tourists in Luzern will put it on their list of things to see. But we believe that it's must. A little bit outside the touristic centre, but it can be reached by foot. It's situated in a quiet area. Highly recommended! If you believe this review is useful, then please 'like' it.

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