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#TBT Throwback Thursday: Dying Lion of Lucerne | Switzerland

In social media tradition of #TBT – otherwise known as Throwback Thursday – I’d like to take you back with me to 2007  – Switzerland.

The dying Lion of Lucerne – or Lion Monument – is one of the famous monuments in the world. According to, the monument was carved out of natural rock in memory of the heroic deaths of the Swiss mercenaries at the Tuileries in 1792.

Designed by Bertel Thorvaldsen, American writer Mark Twain (1835–1910) famously praised the sculpture of a mortally wounded lion as “the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world.”

You may also recognise a pig background in which the Lion ‘sits’ in. According to fellow WP blogger Kaitlin of Keeping History Alive, some sources say that the sculptor Lukas Ahorn wasn’t paid for the job. As revenge, he carved the cave around the lion in the shape of a pig. Upon Kaitlin’s research, she also found other sources claiming that it was a message to the French, a way to show disdain for the way the Swiss were treated and used.

What do you think?


(Featured Image: Taken with a Canon digital camera back in 2007. Apologies for the quality.)

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