This famous monument features a sculpture of 30-foot dying lion, a symbol of courage and strength, carved into a sandstone cliff. It is dedicated to fallen Swiss Guards who died protecting King Louis XVI's palace during the French Revolution, and the names of the soldiers are carved beneath the lion.

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Away Travel Expert: Christine Loomis
FamilyExpert Rating 4.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Children aged 6 - 12 and 13 - 17
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  • Lucerne's powerfully evocative lion was carved in 1821 to commemorate the heroic Swiss Guard.
  • American author Mark Twain once called it "the saddest and most moving piece of rock in the world."
  • The sculpture of the dying lion specifically honors the members of the Guard who died defending Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, and their children who were in the Tuileries Palace in Paris during the French Revolution in 1792. More than 700 soldiers died, never knowing that the king and his family had secretly escaped the palace, leaving the Guard on its own.

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 41 (0)41 227 17 17
Fax: 41 (0)41 221 17 20
Transportation: Alpenstrasse or the Lowenstrasse to the Löwenplatz
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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