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Lion Monument, Lucerne Switzerland

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  • 2 hours

Stunning work of art and architecture – Rich in history and great destination for anyone

Lion Monument Denkmalstrasse 4 6006 Luzern Switzerland

The Lion Monument of Lucerne is one of the most moving and inspirational monuments you can find anywhere in the world. Located in Lucerne, the lion was designed as a commemoration of the heroic Swiss Guards who were killed in 1792 during the French Revolution. It took years in raising money by the surviving guards led by Karl Pfyffer von Altishofen, and another year in crafting it in sandstone, 1820-1821, by the artist by Lukas Ahorn. The monument itself is a massive 10 metres wide by 6 metres high. Apart from appreciating it as a work of art, the detailed crafting of the lion’s dying pose, the shields representing France and Switzerland, and the painstakingly etched names of the dead and the survivors, all serve to tell their story in a way no historical text ever could. It is in fact one of the most hauntingly beautiful memorials you could visit. Yet is is still worth visiting for its sheer beauty and richness of history.

Opening hours

Monday to Friday 7 am to 12 am and 1:30 pm to 5 pm open to the public. Saturday afternoon