ROOTSI LÕVI, Narva
This monument commemorates the success of Karl XII in Narva in 1700, when the Russian forces that had besieged Narva in the course of the Great Northern War were destroyed. The memorial was a gift from the Kingdom of Sweden to the City of Narva, and the statue was a copy of the statue that stood in front of the Royal Palace in Stockholm.
The memorial was destroyed during the Second World War. The Swedish Lion was re-inaugurated in 2000 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the battle. From the memorial, you will see the ‘5-kroon’ view of the two fortresses, which was depicted on the back of the Estonian 5-kroon banknote.
The letters MDCC on the monument stand for the year 1700, and the phrase ‘Svesia memor’ means ‘Sweden remembers’.