Lion of Belfort
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|Lion of Belfort|
The face of the red sandstone lion
|Artist||Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi|
Finished in 1880, it is made entirely of red sandstone. The blocks it is made from were individually sculpted, then moved under Belfort castle to be assembled. Twenty-two meters in length and 11 meters in height, the colossal work 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 (of whom only 3,500 were from the military) led by Colonel Denfert-Rochereau.
- Bartholdi entre au musée, Aurélie Jacques, 28 avril 2011, Le Point
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