May 15, 2013
Lion Monument - Lucerne, Switzerland

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Lion Monument - Lucerne, Switzerland
Lion Monument - Lucerne Switzerland

The monument commemorates the Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution, when revolutionaries stormed the Tuileries Palace in Paris, France.

Mark Twain praised the sculpture of this mortally-wounded lion as "the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world." The inscription above the lion says, Helvetiorum Fidei ac Virtuti ("To the loyalty and bravery of the Swiss").