Lion Monument

We passed by the Old Swiss House and came to this place to watch the lion monument.



Known as a universal symbol of courage and strength, the lion was designed by Danish sculptor Bertel Thorwaldsen and was hewn into the sandstone cliff between 1820 and 1821.

Depicting a dying lion with its paw poised over the shield bearing the fleur-de-lys of the Bourbon king, a broken lance pierces its heart, signifying its loyalty in protecting the shield to its death.

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  1. beautiful but very sad piece of history.

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  2. Made of stone, carved and set for eternity

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  3. and this is one famous lion!! :)

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  4. did anyone mention the story that the sculptor was refused payment for the work? in anger, he had carved out a sculpture of a pig. you can still see the outline in the picture, inside which the lion is resting.

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  5. I believe the pig was because the French did not pay for the monument.

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