Löwendenkmal - Lion Monument. Known as the Lion of Lucerne. Designed by Bertel Thorvaldsen and carved in 1820–21 by Lukas Ahorn. The monument commemorates the Swiss Guards killed during the French Revolution when revolutionaries stormed the Tuileries Palace in Paris.
"... the famous Lion of Lucerne, executed in 1821 to the memory of 26 officers and about 760 soldiers of the Swiss guard, who fell in defending the Tuileries on 10th Aug., 1792. The dying lion (28' in length), reclining in a grotto, transfixed by a broken lance, and sheltering the Bourbon lily with its paw, is hewn out of the natural sandstone rock after a model by the Danish sculptor Thorvaldsen. Inscription: Helvetiorum fidel ac virtuti. Die X Aug., II et III Sept. 1792. Haec sunt nomina eorum, qui ne sacramenti fidem fallerent, fortissime pugnantes ceciderunt. Duces XXVII. Solerti amicorum cura cladi superfuerunt Duces XVI".--Baedeker 1903. DSC_0573
Lucerne Day 3 October 2nd 2019 Wednesday morning was free before out afternoon bus transfer to Basel and the Viking Rhine cruise boat. Susan and I made the most of it and, once again, Susan was the guide. She knew of the Rosengart Collection art museum. The museum is one of impressionism, cubism and modernism and displays works by Modigliani, Cézanne, Matisse, Renoir, Dufy, and Soutine, with an emphasis on Picasso and Paul Kle ... read more
Europe » Switzerland » North-West » Lucerne The Swiss Confederation was founded in 1291 as a defensive alliance among three cantons. In succeeding years, other localities joined the original three. The Swiss Confederation secured its independence from the Holy Roman Empire in 1499. Switzerland... ... read more
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