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ViaGottardo
ViaGottardo
Stage 6, Sursee–Luzern
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Alpine Panorama Trail
Alpine Panorama Trail
Stage 10, Zug–Luzern
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Alpine Panorama Trail
Alpine Panorama Trail
Stage 11, Luzern–Malters
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ViaGottardo
ViaGottardo
Stage 7, Luzern–Altdorf
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Waldstätterweg
Waldstätterweg
Stage 3, Küssnacht–Luzern
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Waldstätterweg
Waldstätterweg
Stage 4, Luzern–Alpnachstad
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ViaJacobi
ViaJacobi
Stage 25, Luzern–Werthenstein
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Luzerner Seeuferweg
Luzerner Seeuferweg
Route 560, Luzern–Luzern, Seeburg
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Lakes Route
Lakes Route
Stage 6, Sarnen–Zug
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Emmental–Entlebuch
Emmental–Entlebuch
Stage 3, Escholzmatt–Luzern
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Seetal–Bözberg
Seetal–Bözberg
Stage 1, Luzern–Lenzburg
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North-South Route
North-South Route
Stage 3, Luzern–Flüelen
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North-South Route
North-South Route
Stage 2, Aarau–Luzern
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Luzerner Hinterland–Rigi
Luzerner Hinterland–Rigi
Stage 2, Willisau–Luzern
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Luzerner Hinterland–Rigi
Luzerner Hinterland–Rigi
Stage 3, Luzern–Brunnen
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Wynental-Route
Wynental-Route
Route 67, Luzern–Aarau
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Biking in the surroundings

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Luzern
Lion Monument

Lion Monument

The Lion Monument or the Lion of Lucerne, is a sculpture in Lucerne, designed by Bertel Thorvaldsen. It commemorates the Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution, when revolutionaries stormed the Tuileries Palace in Paris, France.
From the early 17th century, a regiment of Swiss mercenaries had served as part of the Royal Household of France. On 6 October 1789, King Louis XVI had been forced to move with his family from the Palace of Versailles to the Tuileries Palace in Paris. In June 1791 he tried to flee abroad. In the 1792 10th of August Insurrection, revolutionaries stormed the palace. Fighting broke out spontaneously after the Royal Family had been escorted from the Tuileries to take refuge with the Legislative Assembly. The Swiss ran low on ammunition and were overwhelmed by superior numbers. A note written by the King has survived, ordering the Swiss to retire and return to their barracks, but this was only acted on after their position had become untenable.

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.

The monument is dedicated Helvetiorum Fidei ac Virtuti ("To the loyalty and bravery of the Swiss"). The dying lion is portrayed impaled by a spear, covering a shield bearing the fleur-de-lis of the French monarchy; beside him is another shield bearing the coat of arms of Switzerland. The inscription below the sculpture lists the names of the officers, and approximate numbers of the soldiers who died (DCCLX = 760), and survived (CCCL = 350).
The Lion Monument or the Lion of Lucerne, is a sculpture in Lucerne, designed by Bertel Thorvaldsen. It commemorates the Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution, when revolutionaries stormed the Tuileries Palace in Paris, France.
From the early 17th century, a regiment of Swiss mercenaries had served as part of the Royal Household of France. On 6 October 1789, King Louis XVI had been forced to move with his family from the Palace of Versailles to the Tuileries Palace in Paris. In June 1791 he tried to flee abroad. In the 1792 10th of August Insurrection, revolutionaries stormed the palace. Fighting broke out spontaneously after the Royal Family had been escorted from the Tuileries to take refuge with the Legislative Assembly. The Swiss ran low on ammunition and were overwhelmed by superior numbers. A note written by the King has survived, ordering the Swiss to retire and return to their barracks, but this was only acted on after their position had become untenable.

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.

The monument is dedicated Helvetiorum Fidei ac Virtuti ("To the loyalty and bravery of the Swiss"). The dying lion is portrayed impaled by a spear, covering a shield bearing the fleur-de-lis of the French monarchy; beside him is another shield bearing the coat of arms of Switzerland. The inscription below the sculpture lists the names of the officers, and approximate numbers of the soldiers who died (DCCLX = 760), and survived (CCCL = 350).

Lion Monument

Adresse

Luzern Tourismus
Bahnhofstrasse 3
6002 Luzern
Tel. +41(0)41 227 17 17
luzern@luzern.com
www.luzern.com

Services

Places

Bürgenstock
Bürgenstock
Lucerne
Lucerne
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Accommodation

B&B Haus im Löchli
B&B Haus im Löchli
Luzern
Backpacker’s Lucerne
Backpacker’s Lucerne
Luzern
Hotel Continental Park
Hotel Continental Park
Luzern
Jugendherberge Luzern
Jugendherberge Luzern
Luzern
The Bed + Breakfast
The Bed + Breakfast
Luzern
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Hiking in the surroundings

ViaGottardo
ViaGottardo
Stage 6, Sursee–Luzern
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Alpine Panorama Trail
Alpine Panorama Trail
Stage 10, Zug–Luzern
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Alpine Panorama Trail
Alpine Panorama Trail
Stage 11, Luzern–Malters
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ViaGottardo
ViaGottardo
Stage 7, Luzern–Altdorf
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Waldstätterweg
Waldstätterweg
Stage 3, Küssnacht–Luzern
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Waldstätterweg
Waldstätterweg
Stage 4, Luzern–Alpnachstad
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ViaJacobi
ViaJacobi
Stage 25, Luzern–Werthenstein
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Luzerner Seeuferweg
Luzerner Seeuferweg
Route 560, Luzern–Luzern, Seeburg
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Cycling in the surroundings

Lakes Route
Lakes Route
Stage 6, Sarnen–Zug
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Emmental–Entlebuch
Emmental–Entlebuch
Stage 3, Escholzmatt–Luzern
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Seetal–Bözberg
Seetal–Bözberg
Stage 1, Luzern–Lenzburg
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North-South Route
North-South Route
Stage 3, Luzern–Flüelen
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North-South Route
North-South Route
Stage 2, Aarau–Luzern
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Luzerner Hinterland–Rigi
Luzerner Hinterland–Rigi
Stage 2, Willisau–Luzern
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Luzerner Hinterland–Rigi
Luzerner Hinterland–Rigi
Stage 3, Luzern–Brunnen
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Wynental-Route
Wynental-Route
Route 67, Luzern–Aarau
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Biking in the surroundings

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