Löwendenkmal • The lion monument commemorates the death of 700 Swiss mercenaries in Paris during the French revolution.
Here is the text of the monument:
HELVETIORUM FIDEI AC VIRTUTI
Die X Augusti II et III Septembris MDCCXCII
Haec sunt nomina eorum qui ne sacramenti fidem fallerent
Fortissime pugnantes ceciderunt
Milites circiter DCCLX
Solerti amicorum cura cladi superfuerent
Milites circiter CCCL
Huius rei gestae cives aere collato perrenne monumentum posuere.
TO THE LOYALTY AND BRAVERY OF THE SWISS
On 10th August and 2nd & 3rd September 1792
Here are the names of those who, so as not to break their oath of loyalty:
…Died while fighting bravely
About 760 soldiers.
…Survived the battle because of the care and attention of their friends:
About 350 soldiers
The citizens [of Lucerne] have put up this monument as an everlasting commemoration of this event.
The Rough Guide has this to say on the location: ‘This would be a movingly tranquil spot, with its foliage and gently rippling pool in front, were it not for the fact that it’s the single most touristed place in the entire city.’ Sure enough, when i was there, there were several large Japanese tour-groups having their photos taken in front of the monument.
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From Travel around Switzerland (including Konstanz and Liechtenstein), June 2008