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Dying Lion of Lucerne Monument

Northeast of Lowenplatz, Lucerne, Switzerland
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Ranked #11 of 31 attractions in Lucerne
Type: Monuments/ Statues
Traveler Description: The famous carving of a dying lion by Bertel Thorvaldsen is in a small park just off Loewenplatz.  The carving was made to commemorate more than 600... more »
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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Without the crowds, it's an incredibly moving work. Try to visit very early in the day or very late.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The Lion monument is a wonderful masterpiece. Perfectly situated close to town within walking distance from the old town. The monument itself s impressive but unfortunately the surroundings needed more upkeep and maybe redesigning.

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Beaune, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The Dying Lion Monument in Lucerne is a must. Your first view upon arrival is stunning when faced with the size and placement in the rock wall. However, when you move closer and to the side, you are struck by the absolute beauty of the carving of the lion's face particularly. Read up on the history before you go. It... More

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Luzern
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Very nice :) but I don't fully understand why it's so famous. There are much better attractions in Lucerne like the city wall, the Spreubrücke, the view from Drei Linden or from the Gütsch, etc.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

A lion carved in a solid roc to commemorate a large number of Swiss soldiers who died when serving the French king!

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Perth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

The dying lion is sculpted into the rock face in an old sandstone quarry behind the Old Swiss House restaurant in Lowenplatz. It was sculpted at the start of the 1800s and commemorates the massacre of Swiss Guards in 1792 during the French Revolution. The pain and suffering is captured brilliantly in the lion's sculpted face. Poignant sight - slightly... More

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Pune, Maharashtra, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

It is worth walking around this famous monument, I found that this was crowdy place and everyone wanted to have photograph and hence u do not get time to look at it. I awaited for around half an hour to get it free from crowd.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

A very touching monument carved fully out of rock, the lion monument is a brilliant piece of artwork.

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Cambridge, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

You can see the pain in the lion's face. It is a must see, it really is amazing. The monument was designed by Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen, and finally hewn in 1820–21 by Lukas Ahorn, in a former sandstone quarry near Lucerne. It commemorates the Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution. Mark Twain praised the... More

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Had seen pictures but they do not do it justice. Incredible sculpture and very moving history associated with this monument.

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