Lion Monument

The north part of Lucerne‘s old town has a few monuments dating from the nineteenth century. One of them sadly called “The dying Lion of Lucerne” is famous around the whole world.

In 1792, mobs stormed the Tuileries Palace in Paris and hundreds of Swiss guards where massacred in their effort to protect King Louis XVI. The Lion Monument, which was carved out of natural rock by Bertel Thorvaldsen, is dedicated to the Swiss soldiers who died during the French Revolution.

Mark Twain described the Lion Monument as the saddest and most touching piece of rock around the whole world.

Location: Löwenplatz, Lucerne

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