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Dying Lion of Lucerne Monument

Northeast of Lowenplatz, Lucerne, Switzerland
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Ranked #11 of 32 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

One of the famous monument. An amazing and touching art. I can feel the pain and sadness in the sculpture, like close to death.

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Netanya, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

This is a must see while in Lucerne. Carved into sandstone this monument depicts a dying lion wounded in battle. The attention to detail and the emotion projected by the lion makes this one of the most inspiring sculptures I've ever seen.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

An amazing work! I wish we'd had the time to go back and see it again before we had to leave. I don't think the photo captures the emotion.

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Try to find out the second animal in the sculpture other than the lion... I was not able to find it... but later when I checked it out in the internet, I felt like...Oh... thats right there and so obvious.... how come I miss that.... Try and find it without checking out the internet.. thats the fun in it...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

A peaceful and beautiful grotto built to commemorate the Swiss Guard murdered by the French. A wonderful carving in the rock face full of poignancy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

It was carved out of natural rock in memory of the heroic deaths of the Swiss mercenaries at the Tuileries in 1792. Mark Twain described the Lion of Lucerne as the saddest and most moving piece of rock in the world

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

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 of Swiss guards killed by the mobs who stormed the Tuilleries Palace in Paris during the French Revolution in 1792.

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Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Seeing this work of art through the internet is good, but doing so in person is even better. However, it's not something that can take you more than 5 minutes. I wouldn't go across town to see it, though, so plan something nearby if you're coming to see it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

I am totally enthralled with Thorvaldsen's lion tribute to the Swiss Guard who died defending the Louis the 16th in the Tulleries. The sculpture is so poignant and touching. Do not miss it.

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East Lothian, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

This carving is one of the most heart rending things we have ever seen. If 5 minutes is all you have , then OK. But this deserves more respect than that.

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