Sculpture? Memorial? Idyll? Tourist attraction?

Historical background of the Lion Momument

  • Lionmonument with inscription
  • Transcription of the inscription of the Lionmonument

The Lion Monument commemorates the Swiss Guards being killed during the storming of the French King’s Tuileries palace by the French Revolutionaries on 10 August 1792.

The monument war initiated and realised by the surviving Guard officer Carl Pfyffer von Altishofen from Lucerne.

The image of the dying lion was carved directly into the sand stone wall of a former quarry in Lucerne after the design of the Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen and inaugurated on 10 August 1821.

Flagge der Schweizergarden

The Swiss Guards in France

Historical background I

The French Revolution

Historical background II

The Storming of the Tuileries on 10 August 1792

Historical background III

Pfyffer – Thorvaldsen – Twain

Origins of the Lion Monument