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Dying Lion of Lucerne Monument

Northeast of Lowenplatz, Lucerne, Switzerland
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Ranked #12 of 28 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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Houston, Texas
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87 reviews 87 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Read up on the monument before you visit, go and take some pictures and then head out and see Lucerne. Very busy with tourists.

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Moyock, North Carolina, United States
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

While some people may see this as merely a nice piece of sculpture carved into a hill, the real story is that this monument commemorates a very moving episode in Swiss history. Many people know that the Swiss guards protect the Pope at the Vatican. What is not as well known is that at one time in its history, about... More

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Nothing special of this place, it is a nice monument but there is lot more to see/do in Luzern then looking at a stone wall.

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Lucerne, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

A beauiful piece of sculpture, which is in a leafy enclave in front of the entrance to the Glacier Garden. A little short on historial background, but a great spot for the obligatory photo - if you can fight your way to being front and centre. For children, looks very like someone speared Aslan from The Lion, The Witch and... More

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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The sculpture is made so beautifully that you can feel the pain in the Lion's expression. The place is peacefully quiet and worth a visit.

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Union, NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This is a very moving monument to honor the Swiss Guards in the French Revolution. It sits behind a small body of water whish adds to the beauty. Take the time to really look at the lion's face. It is a moment of reflection. You stand in awe as the artwork is detailed. This is just minutes from the center... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

The scene is grand and the effect was amazing. I would suggest visiting in the evening, the mood was somewhat sombre and seemed appropriate.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Some people love sculptures and stone carvings. If you are one of them, do go and see the lion. It also hold historic importance. If you are in Lucern you can definitely find the time to go and see it as it is a small town and it takes a few minutes to walk to the Lion place from town... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

This is a very moving sculpture as it is very realistic. It commemorates the Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution. Before completing the monument, the artist, Bertel Thorvaldsen, was told that not enough money had been raised to pay for his services and that he would not be fully paid for his work. Thorvaldsen wanted... More

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new jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

This sculpture is an appropriate intro into some of the rich history of Switzerland. A must see only minutes walking from the main station

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