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“Nice sculpture, visit while you are in Luzern” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Dying Lion of Lucerne Monument

Dying Lion of Lucerne Monument
Northeast of Lowenplatz, Lucerne, Switzerland
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Ranked #9 of 29 Attractions in Lucerne
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks
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“Nice sculpture, visit while you are in Luzern”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

The lion monument is a sculpture carved out of a stone wall. It resembles a fallen lion. Just wiki for the story. If you are in Luzern and you are walking around: it just taken 10 minutes from the center to walk there and it is rather pretty and a good photo-opp. It is for free, but you will find loads of tourists there.
Hint: don't go to the thing next to it and be aware of the tourists shops next to it: just like in the rest of the world, it is still a tourist shop: things from a brand you can find somewhere else cheaper and things without a brand are probably overpriced. No harm in just browsing around off course.

Visited November 2013
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“Worth a Visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

You will view many statues and monuments in Europe, but this one is very memorable. To see the emotion of the wounded lion is something to behold. You sense the agony and appreciate the artist who was able to capture such sensitivity in stone. Be sure and read up on the history first.

Visited November 2013
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“A must do”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

You can't go to Lucerne and skip the Lion Monument. It's beautiful and the story behind it makes it even more so. The mortally wounded lion's expression is something to behold. They dying lion lies upon symbols of the French monarchy and the inscription refers to the Siss Guardsmen wo were killed in the French Revolution. The water in front of the monument is beautiful and the lion can be seen just above. This was very moving.

Visited December 2012
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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“Must see monument in Lucern”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

During the city tour of Lucern,visited this historic Lion monument which is a commemoration of the Swiss guards.The statue of the dying lion sculpted & cut out of the single rock is nothing less than amazing.The beautiful landscape around and the pool beneath adds to the attraction of the place.I spent a good 30 minutes capturing some good photos of this famous place.To top it all, the visit to this place does not have any entrance fees for the visitors.

Visited September 2013
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Mount Tamborine, Australia
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“Beautiful & moving”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

Not much to say or maybe I’m not sure how to say it. But this was a beautiful monument of a dying lion, very symbolic of Swiss bravey & apparently build to commemorate all the Swiss soliders who died during the French revolution protecting Marie Antoinette & co. Apaprently Mark Twain has praised it as "the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world." The lion’s expression is very heartfelt, wounded & you see it’s suffering, it’s reflections/inner ‘thoughts’ are open to interpretation. Nice small lake in front of the statue which a guide had earlier told us was often filled with salt in winter months to prevent it freezing into a frozen surface which people can use to approach the lion & touch it. Some Asians had gathered around laughing & posing & spending too much time taking photos [of themselves] so unfortunately be prepared that as is often the case with things like this, many around you don’t understand what it’s all about. It is a walk into the old town & signage will generally guide you there. It’s worth seeing.

Visited October 2013
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