The Lion Monument

The Lion Monument is one of the Lucerne tourist attractions. The sculpture of a dying lion pierced by a spear is a monument to the Swiss Guards of Louis XVI of France:

On 10 August 1792, the guards defended the Palais des Tuileries, in Paris. When it was stormed by revolutionaries. Those who survived the attack were arrested and guillotined on the night of 2-3 September.

The Lowendenkmal, or Lion Monument was carved out of the sandstone cliff face by the Danish sculptor Bertel Thorwaldsen, and it was inveiled in 1821.*



*From The Eyewitness Travel Guide to Switzerland.

21 Comments CherryPie on Aug 28th 2013

21 Responses to “The Lion Monument”

  1. rusty duck says:

    Such a peaceful place. It must have felt quite surreal.

  2. Sean Jeating says:

    Ah! Isn’t it strange. Your photo, this lion reminds me of the photos of this very lion in the zoo of Kabul, short after the coalition of the stupid warmongers had brought freedom, justice and democracy to Afghanistan.

  3. ubermouth says:

    What incredible detail and talent. Thank you for showing us this, Cherie, I enjoyed it very much !

  4. Ayush says:

    it certainly demonstrates great size and tremendous skill of the sculptor. wonderful shot CP

  5. Claude says:

    Great photos, Cherie.

    I cannot reach Sean’s link?

  6. …near the village, the quiet village, the lion sleeps tonight… ;)
    Ah… That’s where the Tokens got their inspiration!

  7. Astrid says:

    I can reach both links,
    This is an amazing story and the look of the lion is NOT to happy.
    I feel sorry for her.
    However the monument is absolute fabulous.

  8. Claude says:

    Moving story, Sean. Thank you!

  9. Sean Jeating says:

    Well, at least so moving that I remembered it on first sight of CherryPie’s photograph. :)

  10. J_on_tour says:

    Awesome sculpture, i’m not surprised that people come here to see it.