The Lion Monument in Lucerne.
The Lion Monument in Lucerne, Switzerland is a memorial to Swiss Guards who gave their lives during the French Revolution in 1792. Bertel Thorvaldsen, a Danish artist, depicted a dying lion. It was carved into the sandstone cliff above the city center. Dedicated in 1821 it has attracted millions of visitors over the years.
When I saw this monument for the first time, I got so emotional and almost cried. You can stand there for a long time and just look at it. The scene in front of me almost came alive. The sculpture did an excellent job and I highly recommend you visit the monument when in Lucerne. It is also sometimes referred to as the “Dying Lion of Lucerne Monument”.
Interesting facts about the Lion Monument.
- The Latin saying behind the monument translates to “To The Loyalty and Bravery of the Swiss”.
- Below the lion are the Greek numbers DCCLX and CCCL which indicate that 760 soldiers died and 350 survived.
- The monument is 20 feet high and 33 feet long and was carved on an upright wall which was the remnants of the towns quarry which supplied the sandstone that built many of the buildings in Lucerne.
- Interesting to note, but if you look closely, you’ll notice that the surrounding outline of the lion resembles the shape of a pig. Apparently, the sculpture had a falling out with someone associated with the contracting of the memorial that he created the pig shape out of spite.
Where to find the Lion Monument in Lucerne?
The Lion monument is situated in Denkmalstrasse 4, 6002 Luzern, Switzerland.
When: 7 April 2004