Lucerne, Switzerland

The Lion Monument (Löwendenkmal), or the Lion of Lucerne, is a sculpture to commemorate the Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution, when revolutionaries stormed the Tuileries Palace in Paris, France.

This picture does it NO justice.  First of all, it’s massive.  But the combination of the sorrowful look on the lion’s face and the slumped and defeated body posture makes you physically mournful.

Side note: the cave in which the lion lays is abstractly shaped like the portrait of a pig.  The snout and ears on the left, and the tail on the right.  This was intentionally done after the sculpture was finished when the commissioner didn’t make good on his payment for the piece.  Dont mess with a sculptor.