Lion of Lucerne


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a famous sculptured lion at Lucerne, Switzerland, designed by Thorwaldsen and dedicated in 1821 as a memorial to the Swiss Guards who fell defending Louis XVI. in the attack of the mob on the Tuileries, Aug. 10, 1792. The animal, which is hewn out of the face of a rock, is represented as transfixed with a broken spear and dying, but still trying to protect with its paw a shield bearing the fleur-de-lis of France.

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Our last stop in the city was a visit to the Lion Monument - the "Dying Lion of Lucerne" - which is carved from natural rock and commemorates the deaths of a group of Swiss mercenaries in 1792.
* The "Dying Lion of Lucerne"--one of the world's most famous monuments