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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
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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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near Milwaukee, WI
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58 reviews 58 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

No visit to Lucerne would be complete without a stop at the lion carved into the stone. So many photo ops!

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Tangerang, Indonesia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

Came over to this site with tour group. Have no idea what it is at the first time. Frankly speaking, I do not feel too excite. Listen to background story explained by our tour leader, take some pictures & only spent less than 15 minutes there. However it is okay to visit since I in Lucerne at that time.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

My son wrote this about the Dying Lion: The Lion Monument (German: Löwendenkmal), or the Lion of Lucerne, is a sculpture in Lucerne, Switzerland, designed by Bertel Thorvaldsen and hewn in 1820–21 by Lukas Ahorn. It commemorates the Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution, when revolutionaries stormed the Tuileries Palace in Paris, France. Mark Twain... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Just a good carving, with a story. Free, so do go and see it. It is set in a little park and makes nice place to sit quietly.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Well worth visiting. Amazingly carved into the rock. When seeing it, you can understand why Mark Twain praised it as "the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world."

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Chino Hills, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

The Lion of Luzern was very impressive and we were very moved by what it represented. It is truly a work of art from the heart. It was hewned in 1820-2I believe, to honor the Swiss guards who were killed in the 1792 French Revolution. The setting is peaceful with a pond below the lion, surrounded by shade trees and... More

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Tacoma, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Just a small little park in front of this impressive carving in the hillside. Worth learning about the Swiss history and seeing it.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

I have no idea why this is such an attraction in Luzern but you see the tour groups marching over to it all day long. It is terribly depressing and as an animal lover something that I wish I had never visited! Of all the wonderful things to do in and around Luzern, I would skip this - save yourself... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

Lucerne is a picturesque old walled town on the banks of lake lucerne wich is easy to get to and easy to get around once there. The famous lion sculpture is an easy ten min walk from town centre and is a great place to sit for an hour and enjoy the gardens the awesome carving and to watch the... More

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Scottsdale, AZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 NEW

This sculpture captures the pain and sorrow of the dying lion, who symbolizes the Swiss soldiers who died in France. It's not as long a walk as it looks on the maps, and the walk is interesting.

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