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.
The initiative to create the monument was taken by Karl Pfyffer von Altishofen, an officer of the Guards who had been on leave in Lucerne at that time of the fight. He began collecting money in 1818. The monument was designed by Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen, and finally hewn in 1820–21 by Lukas Ahorn, in a former sandstone quarry near Lucerne. Carved into the cliff face, the monument measures a staggering 10 meters in length and and six meters in height.
The monument is dedicated Helvetiorum Fidei ac Virtuti ("To the loyalty and bravery of the Swiss").
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wolf38 (28208) 2011-10-25 22:36
Hi Ranjan. What a place for the lions carved in stone. You have photographed this landmark motif perfectly. The informative text like it very much. . Rgds, Wolfgang.
jmdias (45820) 2012-02-01 5:28
very nice view of this beautiful monument. I liked the framing here. excellent note. TFS.
clic (11033) 2012-06-09 11:42
This is an outstanding shed for a sleeping lion and it composes with the greenery on each side a stunning eye-catcher!
Thanks for showing.
cpontoal (254) 2013-01-09 14:32
i like this taked. I like lions...