on April 16, 2004
This is a another great place in Lucerne for quiet reflection. This peaceful park with a monument made painstakingly by one man is a tribute to the death of the Swiss Guards hired to protect the young King of France. A crocked bishop had set a trap in the quad of his church and the Swiss Guards were told they must not bear arms in the church; when the group entered the quad, they were all killed protecting the king. The lion's paw covering the shield represents the Swiss Guards protecting, even in death, the French king. The Fleur de Lis was originally the emblem on the shield, but has since been replaced with the cross of the Swiss flag.
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