Monument des Enfants du Rhône
General Leclerc Square, Lyon, France
Monument des Enfants du Rhône Lyon Reviews
Monument to fallen patriots of Lyon during Franco-Prussian War Feb 28, 2016
Monument des Enfants du Rhône, commonly known as Children of the Rhône Monument, is a memorial dedicated to the soldiers of Lyon who died in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871. It is located in Général-Leclerc Square at the entrance of the Park de la Tête d'Or near the "Porte des Enfants du Rhône", a large, ornate gate. The sculpture was created by artist Étienne Pagny and was inaugurated on 30 October 1887. The monument was publicly funded and at the inauguration representatives of the city of Belfort were present. The Siege of Belfort was a 103 day assault by Prussian forces on the garrison at Belfort, defended bravely by the French forces from November 3, 1870 - February 18, 1871, but ultimately lost.
The monument consists of a stone, columned semicircle in front of which is a statue in bronze, atop a pillar, composed of a woman holding a flag, a trumpet-ringer, and two other soldiers. There is a lion in stone at the bottom of the pillar below the inscription "Enfants du Rhone Defenseurs Pro patria" - Children of the Rhone defenders of the Fatherland. This lion is shown breaking a sword near the dates 1870-1871. It was designed by French architect Adolph Coquet. The large gate near the monument, entrance to Parc de la Tete D'Or, is known as Children of the Rhone gate, designed by French architect Charles Meysson in 1900, who was chief architect of Lyon at that time.
Part of the Lyonescence Part Deux (Feb 26 - Mar 4, 2016) travel blog
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