Lion of Belfort
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The face of the red sandstone lion.
|Artist||Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi|
It was finished in 1880 and is entirely made of red sandstone. The blocks it is made from were individually sculpted then moved under Belfort castle to be assembled. The colossal work is 22 meters long and 11 meters high and dominates the local landscape.
The lion symbolizes the heroic French resistance during the Siege of Belfort, a 103-day Prussian assault (from December 1870 to February 1871). The city was protected from 40,000 Prussians by merely 17,000 men (only 3,500 were from the military) led by Colonel Denfert-Rochereau.
The Lion beneath the Belfort citadel.
Bronze reduction of the sculpture in Place Denfert-Rochereau, Paris.
- Bartholdi entre au musée, Aurélie Jacques, 28 avril 2011, Le Point
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