The Lion Sculpture

In Lucerne, Switzerland, there is a huge stone sculpture of a slain lion embedded in the face of a low cliff that pays tribute to the hundreds of valiant Swiss Guards that courageously met their demise in 1792 when revolutionaries attacked the Tuileries Palace in Paris.

Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen designed this public sculpture known as the Lion Monument (Löwendenkmal in German), which is also referred to as the Dying Lion or simply the Lion of Lucerne, in remembrance of the massacre that occurred during the French Revolution and to honor the brave men who lost their lives in the ambush.

Bertel Thorvaldsen was a prominent sculptor in the Neoclassical period, and the first internationally acclaimed Danish artist.

The sculpture is a powerful monument that stands a towering 6 meters high and measures 10 meters in length.

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.Das Löwendenkmal in Luzern - The Lion Monument in Lucerne

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