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Isted Lion

Herman W. Bissen
1862 (2000)

København /  Istedløven - Idsted-Löwe   København /  Istedløven - Idsted-Löwe


Bronze lion on a brick pedestal with four portrait medallions,depicting four Danish officers from the war: Generals Gerhard Christoph von Krogh and Friderich Adolph Schleppegrell and Colonels Hans Helgesen and Frederik Læssøe.



den 25: juli 1850
trofaste kæmper i farens stund
mandig har værget vor odelsgrund.
troskab skal vagt ved graven være
manddom skal skærme arv og ære


War monument originally intended as a monument of the Danish victory over Schleswig-Holstein in the Battle of Isted (Idstedt) on July 25, 1850. Originally erected in Flensburg, Schleswig, it was moved to Berlin by Prussian authorities and remained there until 1945. It was returned to Denmark as a gift from the United States Army.

On the occasion of the 725-year anniversary of the city of Flensburg in 2009, the Mayor of Flensburg requested the return of the lion to Flensburg. After many talks with Danish and German institutions, the Lion was on 12 September 2010 (European Heritage Days) set up at its original location. It is to be applied with following inscription on the front of the base: Isted den 25. Juli 1850, Rejst 1862, 2010 wieder errichtet als Zeichen von Freundschaft und Vertrauen zwischen Dänen und Deutschen.


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Location (N 55°40'24" - E 12°34'52")

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Item Code: dk058; Photograph: 11 July 2009  / updated: 4 March 2011
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